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@irenemathyssen Wishing students, staff, and teachers all the best this school year. Students at Western University & Fanshawe College, welcome to #LDNont @supermario_47 Back at the ‘shawe. Feels awesome #LdnOnt #MayTheFroshBeWithYou @Lashoutthejones Ermahgerd tacos at the #oasis best first day at #fanshawe EVAR of all time @Emerginglondon Welcome #uwo and #Fanshawe students! Here are a few tips for living in #Ldnont http://owl.li/dsb96 (via @matt_thomas1) @BrianGTB After watching the @fanshawesu video yesterday I’ve decided @FSUPresident and @ FSUVPExternal should take up acting!#maythefroshbewithyou @FSU_FINANCE Res kids! You have been killing it all weekend!!! Awesome time at the much video dance! #youvegotthatonething #maythefroshbewithyou @eyecarlly I go to my first class and every seat has their own macs love it. #fanshawe http://instagr.am/p/ PKku2Lv3IE/ @devinrobinson77 First day of school, amazing energy in the air #fanshawe @spainer4life Today my friends is the first day of the rest of my life #careerchange #fanshawe @intheheezy So #fanshawe knows how to party, let’s see how it educates ! @FanshaweCollege Nice! Congrats. RT @leslie_xo : A year ago today, I was driving to Fanshawe to move in. Today, I’m driving to work in a job field I love. @interrobang_fsu Our 2nd annual Sex Survey is up! If you’re a current#FanshaweCollege student, tell us what turns you on: http://fsu.ca/interrobang_sex_survey.php @teallieford I get super sad when I think about not going to Fanshawe any more...:(




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Forwell Hall was packed on September 3 for a MuchMusic Video Dance Party.


10 Things I Know About You...

Bozor loves her anime
Shannon Bozor is in her first year of Intergrated Land Planning Technologies at Fanshawe College. She described herself as “a nodrama, old-school, music-listening anime geek.” 1. Why are you here? To get the college experience and eventually get a career, of course. 2. What was your life-changing moment? The birth of my little sister. Gotta say, I wished for her for 13 years. 3. What music are you currently listening to? J-POP and K-POP. 4. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. 5. Who is your role model? Spike Spiegel. 6. Where in the world have you travelled? U.S.A., Ottawa, Montreal, Congo, Guadeloupe and France. 7. What was your first job? Babysitting my brothers. 8. What would your last meal be? A giant bowl of ramen. 9. What makes you uneasy? Grandmothers in short shorts and shifty people. 10. What is your passion? Anime/manga and customizing stuff. Do you want Fanshawe to know 10 Things About You? Just head on over to fsu.ca/interrobang and click on the 10 Things I Know About You link at the top.




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London police to keep close watch on students

If there’s one thing to note about the London Police Service this fall, it’s that they will be watching you. Project L.E.A.R.N (Liquor Enforcement And Reduction in Noise) is in full force, which, according to Police Chief Brad Duncan, means that “Police will be maintaining a highly visible presence to proactively dissuade behaviour that is inappropriate and disruptive to the community.” Police also work in collaboration with Campus Security, who monitor over 300 security cameras on campus. As of September 5, the London Police Service had 95 officers on duty; they laid 13 Criminal Charges and delivered 415 Provincial Offence Notices. “Surprisingly,” said Duncan, “more than half those charges were for individuals other than UWO and Fanshawe students.” Nonetheless, the focus is on student-heavy areas, and in particular

Fleming Drive. The London Police force will spend $350,000 on Project L.E.A.R.N this year. With an impressive track record, there is proof that Project L.E.A.R.N has been successful. Duncan pointed out, “From 2008 to 2011, there was a noticeable reduction in the number of Criminal Charges being laid: 130 in 2008 and 54 in 2011.” Between 2010 and 2011 there was a reduction of over 300 Provincial Offence Notices that were laid. “There appeared to be a slow but steady change in individual perspectives that resulted in the reduction of rowdy behaviours primarily associated with excessive consumption of alcohol,” he added. Duncan paused. “Then came March 17, 2012.” As a result of the St. Patrick’s Day Fleming Drive riot, which resulted in 175 Criminal Code Charges being laid, a new public nuisance bylaw was created in the city. Duncan clarified, “A nuisance party is described as a social gath-

Remember the Three Rs

Whether you are a returning student or just starting out at the College, remember that all members of the College community have rights and the College supports your rights. Along with those rights, each of you has responsibilities to ensure that you do not infringe on the rights of others. The College must also ensure that at no time are anyone’s rights being violated. There are laws at the municipal, provincial and federal levels that are enforced at the College and the College’s Student Code of Conduct Policy sets out expecta-

tions of the behaviour of our students while you are here. Please remember the Three Rs while at the College: have RESPECT for yourself, RESPECT the rights and dignity of others and take RESPONSIBILITY for your actions and your attitude. Your time at college should be some of the best years of your life and remembered with pride and a sense of accomplishment. You will be facing many choices during this time and those choices are yours to make. The College encourages you to make the choices that will ensure your success while you’re here and we will be here to help you. It’s about CHOICES!

ering on any premise where the conduct of those present results in disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, damage to public or private property, unreasonable noise, unlawful open burning, public disturbances and public urinating, to name a few.” The bylaw places the responsibility on the owner, the occupant and the tenant of a residence who allows or permits a nuisance party on their premise. Under the public nuisance bylaw, London police officers have the ability to charge a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $10,000. We all know that the Fleming Drive incident created an awful reputation for Fanshawe and the surrounding community. But Duncan urged London to bounce back, emphasizing our ability to reinvent our reputation in a positive manner. The Police Service wants to make sure that individuals who are students and renters understand that they can collectively make a difference in our community. Duncan assured the public, “We’re quite prepared this year to ramp up police presence … I can tell you the planning is unbelievable – what goes into these Project L.E.A.R.Ns, it takes many months of planning.” But after eight years of completing Project L.E.A.R.N, London Police are hoping to one day no longer have to provide the service. London Police have also decided to increase communication with students, hoping to prevent these incidents from happening before they begin. Project L.E.A.R.N members are going out into the neighbourhoods that are known to traditionally house students, going


London Police Chief Brad Duncan addresses the media during a press conference at Police Headquarters on September 5. door-to-door and speaking to as many occupants as they can. “We haven’t had this kind of an emphasis in the past where we’ve had the chief engage the students,” Duncan noted, “But I think they need to hear it, and to know that they can change the pattern of activity in a positive way.” Manager of bylaw enforcement for the City of London Orest Katolyk said the city is highly involved. “We’ve already been out there … going door-to-door, sending letters to the landlords, and talking to the student groups at Fanshawe and Western.” In a controversial statement, Mayor Fontana told first-year Western students at a rally during Frosh Week, “I know the President of your school wants you to study hard, but that’s all bullshit. You should just have fun.” When asked about the comment, Chief Duncan noted, “You need to take that into context … I think he would also say it’s about responsible partying. No one’s saying you can’t have fun when you go to school, we’ve all been there.” The consensus? Everyone wants students to have fun – this will be one of the best social experiences of your life... just remember everything’s good in moderation.

Help the FSU help kids

Now that you’ve got the first week of partying out of the way, it’s time to participate in something for a cause. This September, the Fanshawe Student Union execs are putting on a number of events to raise money for the London Children’s Health Foundation. “The FSU wanted to keep the charity local,” said FSU operations manager John Young. “The students suggested helping children in the community who are unfortunate enough to have to be in the hospital.” The FSU started off by hosting a Residence BBQ on move-in weekend at the beginning of September – a two-day event that raised $1,500 for the charity. For those of you who put on some neon attire on and headed to the FSU’s Tight and Bright pub night last Thursday, money from ticket sales also went to help these children in need. If you missed out, there are still opportunities for you to get involved. If you’re one of those guys longboarding home from parties at night or skateboarding to class, there are some upcoming events that may interest you. On September 12, head to Forwell Hall to compete in a game of HORSE and win some prizes. For those of you who are unfamiliar

with the game usually played with a basketball, HORSE is essentially a game of copy-cat. One individual leads by performing a certain shot or trick, and the other players have to copy it. Whoever fails to perform the trick receives an “H” – once that person spells out the word “horse,” they are out of the game. If you’re interested, show up in Forwell Hall between 12 and 1 p.m., and bring your skateboard! The big finale fundraiser is a 5 km Skate-A-Thon happening on September 15 on campus. At 1 p.m. you can grab your skateboard, bike or rollerblades and wheel your way around a course made on campus roads, or you can simply lace up those running shoes and hoof it around the track. Each participant must collect a minimum of $10 for donations. You can register in advance at the Biz Booth, or between 12 and 1 p.m. on the day of the event outside Merlin House residence. Young said, “Our goal is to raise between $3,500 and $5,000 to give to the London Children’s Health Foundation. It’s all about students helping young kids. We get a bad rep that Orientation Week is always about partying and drinking, but even in the first two days we raised $1,500 for charity! You know people are willing to give and we’re just looking for that participation.”



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Marineland investigation makes a splash

The treatment and care of animals in zoos and aquariums has always been a concern of animal activists, but a Toronto Star investigation into the treatment of mammals at Marineland has brought these issues to the attention of the general public. The Star’s investigation involves eight former staff revealing that poor tank conditions and lack of care has led to the suffering of animals. The comments from the staff detail the marine mammals suffering from fur loss, skin damage and blindness. One trainer admitted that Larry, one of Marineland’s seals, was taken out of the water for days or weeks at a time and put into a waterless pen. Larry’s eyes are now red and swollen: he is blind. He is among six of the seven seals at Marineland who have lost their eyesight. The staff members blame poor water conditions and staffing shortages that make it difficult for them to provide proper care for these animals. Larry was born and raised in London’s Storybook Gardens. Larry and harbour seal Baby were transferred to Marineland in 2005 because Storybook had seven seals at the time, which was capacity for their pool. According to Storybook Gardens manager John Riddell, “The seals were in excellent condition with no health concerns when they left Storybook.” Friends of Captive Animals (FOCA) member Vicki Van Linden had visited these pools several times. “There were seven seals in that pool, which was shocking, it looked like sardines in a can. These are large animals and there are no features that have anything to do with modern zoo design.” In 2008, the decision was made to transfer several of Storybook’s other animals. Downscaling the zoo operation was part of a new business plan that was created in 2008. Between 2008 and 2011, over half of the zoo animals were transferred, leaving only the seals and four other wildlife exhibits, which were more difficult to transfer. It was decided that this summer, four harbour seals from Storybook be transferred to a state of the art facility at the St. Louis Zoo. Riddell said that in collaboration with FOCA and Zoocheck, Storybook Gardens made the recommendation to city council to transfer the seals to St. Louis in order to provide them with the best possible living conditions. According to Riddell, “The original plan was to keep the remaining animals until the end of their natural lives, but in 2011 Zoocheck stepped in to offer logistical support in planning and funding the transfers of the remaining wildlife animals.” Unfortunately, only one of the four seals made it to St. Louis. The animals died while being transferred, and the cause of their death is still under debate. Distress was considered a major factor, but Zoocheck Canada said the seals died of overheating, not stress. Prior to the transfer, FOCA conducted an observational study of the behaviour of the four Harbour


Rose Cora Perry, right, takes the spotlight once again as host of London’s Driven, which airs on Rogers TV.

Rose Cora Perry takes the spotlight on London’s Driven


Storybook Gardens was famous for its seals and other wildlife, but its only remaining seal is the bronze statue outside the gates. seals: CriCri, Nunavut, Peanut and Atlantis. Van Linden was part of the investigation and said that, “What we observed taught us a lot about how a small pool with no natural features and no interesting activities provides a very poor quality life for intelligent, socially complex animals … The pool itself was an absolutely dreadful design and was way too small, it should never been used to house marine mammals.” The seal pool was over 50 years old, built in 1958. Riddell clarified, “The seals were healthy, but the pool itself was somewhat small and basic, it did not provide them with the best living conditions.” Cost became a big issue when it came to keeping the seals here; “The cost to upgrade the pool to current standards was deemed by city council to be out of reach financially, so we chose to transfer the seals to the brand new pool and facilities in St. Louis,” Riddell said. The question by many readers and activists is, can animals live happily in captivity? Most animal activists will argue that no captive animal is treated properly. They also suggest large conservation areas that provide natural habitats for these animals. One issue is that there are no sanctuaries for marine mammals. Van Linden did have some suggestions for mitigating the suffering and creating the best possible experience for these animals. She said she wishes that the tanks were more complex. “By complexity I mean not just a barren tank. They should have things that they can swim around, things that have some bit of difference and change, different places for them to rest.” She added that attention from trainers does help with their quality of life. “Working daily with trainers does mitigate some of that suffering. It’s like if you’re in prison but you have a craft or exercise program; you’re still not free but you have something to look forward to, some stimulation.” Raising awareness is also essential when it comes to breaking down these issues and making a difference. As a result of the Toronto Star investigation, over 300 protesters paid a visit to Marineland’s gates to stand up for the alleged suffering animals. What many animal activists and protesters are hoping for is a change in legislation, as they blame a lack of regulations in Canada for places like Marineland to continue to operate freely. “One of the issues is that we have extremely weak laws and virtually no federal laws to protect marine mammals,” Van Linden said. With the Toronto Star investigation making such a big splash, an investigation was conducted by The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums at Marineland. The OSPCA confirmed that “no major issues were found,” but CAZA stated the investigation is ongoing. One concern that Van Linden has along with Barry Kent MacKay, the Animal Alliance of Canada Director, is CAZA’s ability to actually protect the animals. In a letter written to CAZA, MacKay said “I can’t recall any zoo losing accreditation from CAZA.” Van Linden agreed; “I can’t find a time it’s ever happened, CAZA is in no way a zoo protection agency, you would call them a union for zookeepers. But, who does a union for zookeepers serve? Zookeepers! They serve the business interests of zoos.” For more information: CAZA’s involvement: tinyurl.com/marineanimalscaza2012 The Toronto Star Investigation: tinyurl.com/marineanimalstorstar2012 Sign the petition: tinyurl.com/marineanimals-petition2012

Rose Cora Perry is no stranger to being in the spotlight. Dabbling in various arts projects since high school, Perry’s newest venture as host of London’s Driven has given her the opportunity to explore her creative side on a whole different level. Since her debut episode on August 15, Perry has already featured some of London’s most fascinating professionals that have made an impact on the local community. Created by Revolutionary Projects’ Johnny Vega and Francisco Cux, London’s Driven profiles local young entrepreneurs in their 20s to 30s who contribute to making London a more vibrant and generative community. The show’s crew – Cheryl Post, Suny Pein and Ayenia Quintanilla – have dedicated countless hours towards production and locating some of London’s greatest young role models. “Johnny and Francisco truly couldn’t have found a better group of people to work with for the show,” Perry said with pride. As the face of London’s Driven, Perry has made her mark in the community as an inspiring and driven young professional working towards her dreams. After completing a Liberal Arts diploma and a post-graduate degree in Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Fanshawe College, Perry launched her first column series, “So You Wanna Be In A Rock Band?” with the Interrobang newspaper. Shortly after college, Perry decided to continue her education at Western University and graduated with an Honours B.A. in Social Psychology. Her academic experience inspired her to begin another column series at the Interrobang called “Psych Your Mind.” Not only has Perry worked as a freelance print journalist, she has also headed her own artist management/record label/publicity company. “While London’s Driven has provided me with my first ‘real’ opportunity hosting a television program, it’s fair to say I’ve been involved in media in some capacity for many years,” Perry said. Being a musician herself, Perry is used to being the one in the interviewee hotseat. However, since she began freelancing for Interrobang, she has taken on any opportunities that allow her to be

on the other side. “I simply needed to find the right fit to make the transition from print to broadcast.” Perry has interviewed Londoners such as Juan Diego, a student activist and founder of SURLA (Students United in Representation of Latin America), who will be featured in midSeptember. “Juan’s story is compelling because he came from a childhood full of struggle,” said Perry. “Despite this, he has managed to take those negative experiences and turn into an inspiring positive individual today, who aims to make a difference in other people’s lives through his activism.” Perry said she hopes that London’s Driven will inspire Londoners to take control of their lives and make a difference in their community. “Many young people come to London because of our great schools, but leave as soon as they’ve completed their studies,” said Perry. “The guests featured on London’s Driven are a reflection of the simple fact that oftentimes you really have to make your own opportunities if you want to be successful.” Perry and the rest of the London’s Driven crew are thrilled that Rogers TV recognizes the potential of the show and has given a developing independent production company the chance to launch their first series. In order to produce new and exciting episodes, Londoners are encouraged to nominate young professionals who have made an impact on their community. One way the crew has reached out to the public is through social media. “Being able to reach out to our audience easily and have them likewise feel they can play an interactive part in our show is essential,” said Perry. Scheduled to run an eightepisode pilot series, Londoners can check out show times and nominate candidates on the show’s official Twitter and Facebook pages. “I can’t express enough how excited I am to be a part of this show,” said Perry, “and I hope it leads to many more opportunities for all of those who’ve contributed.” Check out London’s Driven on Twitter @LondonsDriven and F a c e b o o k facebook.com/LondonsDriven, and head to rosecoraperry.com to learn more about Perry.

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not an inflated amount. It is an actual amount, and in the world-market, we are very cheap,” said international student advisor Kim Rowe. The international students don’t receive the same subsidized rate. Elo said she believes the schools here should assist with the prices; “They should offer us scholarships or discounts.” These students don’t qualify for OSAP funding or any sort of bursaries, which adds to the difficulty of making these payments. “It’s expensive, and we have to get the money from our parents,” Park said. Most international students come here knowing very few or no other students, but Fanshawe does offer programs to assist with social interaction and help these students meet new people. Insu Mun is from Korea and is taking Web Development at Fanshawe, he reflected that the International Centre’s host program was a huge help for him. “It was really nice, because when I came here I didn’t know anyone. I made many new friends.” The host program is a one-on-one matching program where Canadian students help international students adjust to everyday life. In addition to simply becoming a new friend, the Canadian students can assist with everything from getting around London to practicing casual English. Elo said she found Fanshawe very welcoming. “It’s a friendly environment, and very accommodating. The campus itself is so self-explanatory and it’s easy to get around.” Faith Maudsley works in the International Services Office and said she is impressed with other departments at Fanshawe as they continue to improve their relation-


The life of an international student

Geekin’ out for a great cause

It’s no secret that London is home to a huge nerd population, and weekly Friday Night Magic events at LA Mood, well-attended cosplay picnics and the huge turnout at the Video Games Live concert in March all prove it. Greg Picken and Matthew Hoy, organizers of the first-ever Project Play event, which takes place on September 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fanshawe Student Centre. They’re aiming to bring together local nerds of all stripes to have fun and raise money for a great cause. Picken and Hoy are both avid gamers – Picken runs a website called Gamer Pops, which reviews family-orientated games, and Hoy co-founded Games Day Podcast, a weekly online video show that discusses all things gaming. “Being that we’re both playing in that same area, we got together one day just to chat over wings at Palasad,” explained Picken. “We were just shooting around the idea of doing stuff around community building.” The idea blossomed into a series of events called Hello, My Game Is, which featured talks by local game designers and people who just love games. From there, Hoy and Picken came up with the idea for a larger event that would bring together gamers of all kinds, from video gamers to tabletop gamers and everything in between. They looked to PAX, an event created by the makers of the Penny Arcade webcomic. “(PAX) was kind of the model that we thought would be really cool to bring here. There is DIG (Digital Interactive and Gaming conference) in town, which is a great event, but that’s very much industry-focused and business-focused. We thought a good complement to having something like that would be to have something that’s very grassroots – for gamers, by gamers.” The initial idea has grown to include anyone and everyone who is proud to call themselves nerds, including costume players, artists and more. Some details are still being worked out, but Picken said there is a lot to look forward to already. Local gaming company Digital Extremes will be showcasing their newest game, Warframe, and it will be available for the public to play for the first time ever. Other local companies, such as Big Viking Games, and indie programmers will be there to show off the games and apps they’re working on as well. “We’ve got everything from the biggest (game developing) company in town to people who are mak-

ing apps in their spare time because they have jobs but they’re just so passionate about creating their own games,” Picken said. “I’m hoping that some of the students here can be inspired by that.” Tabletop gamers will be pleased to note there will be a number of tournaments including Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, Warmachine and more. Other board games will be available for casual play, and people are encouraged to bring their favourite board game and set up a game of their own. Other things to check out at Project Play include a cosplay contest, a digital art show, vendors selling fantastically geeky wares and much more. In addition to making the event as fun as possible, Picken said it was also important to keep a bigger idea in mind. “As much fun as we can have pulling together video games and board games and Magic tournaments and all that, to have that many people together in one spot and not capitalize on that for something good, it would have been a huge missed opportunity.” Picken and Hoy decided to use the event to raise money for local charities. “We’re doing this for fun – we could do it to try to make money, but, I don’t know, it doesn’t seem like that’s fun anymore – then it becomes a job. We looked at it as we could really build on this and do something good and the idea that we settled on is to be able to provide gaming opportunities for kids whose lives have fallen apart, in a lot of ways.” All proceeds from Project Play’s ticket sales, as well as any donations attendees may make, will go to one Strathroy charity, Women’s Rural Resource Centre and two London charities, Merrymount Children’s Centre and Women’s Community House in London. The money will be used to put together gaming bundles, which will include consoles and video games, board games, card games and more. The bundles will be dropped off at the charities in October. Picken said he and Hoy are hoping to make Project Play an annual event, and that people are already coming up with ideas for future events. “People are already talking to us now about things that they would love to see next year,” he said. Tickets are $10 and are available online at projectplay.ca. You can also purchase tickets at the door: $7 for Fanshawe students with student ID, $10 for guests. For more information about Project Play, chat with them on Facebook (facebook.com/projectplaylondon) or Twitter (@ProjectPlayLdn).

College already seems like a foreign world for many new students; there are new classes to navigate, new roommates to meet and the challenge of living on your own to deal with. But what about learning to speak English? Not knowing a single person? Or struggling to find food you enjoy? Being an international student is no walk in the park. Methods of teaching and classroom styles vary greatly from country to country. Just like every new student, the international students at Fanshawe are presented with new challenges when they arrive. “School at home is 100 per cent different,” said Elo Ikpe, a graduate of the International Business Management program who is currently studying to become a personal support worker. “Back home in Nigeria, we are colonized by the British, so when I came here I had to learn APA writing format, which was a big challenge at first.” Junhyan Park, a General Business graduate, said, “It was a little bit hard to me; lots of essays, presentations and group work. It’s really funny because in South Korea we only have midterm and final (exams), and we don’t have any assignments.” Despite the efforts put forth by Fanshawe College, there are some challenges that they can’t assist with. One of the largest struggles for these newcomers is the cost of tuition. The average tuition per semester for international students is approximately $7,000. This amount is three times more than what domestic students are paying. As Canadians, we partially pay for college and university tuitions through our taxes. “It’s really

ships with international students. “Athletics is really going over and above. They are doing so much for our students both in ways of starting cricket as an intramural and extramural sport, as well as hiring a lot of our students to work there.” Fanshawe could, however, be more accommodating by providing a greater variety of food options. “It’s impossible to eat on campus,” Elo said. “The entire (city), it’s so difficult to get African food.” She did praise United, a large Asian market in London, “They have the same kind of rice and noodles I get back home, and they have meats – goat meats and chicken with bones!” Several of the international students agreed that in order to get food from their culture, they go off-campus or cook it themselves. “There are some good Middle Eastern restaurants in London,” said Yasser Alusltan, a Business student from the United Arab Emirates. “I like Paramount and Mr. Fish and Chicken, but on campus there’s not much – I’ll eat the pizza or Mr. Sub.” Last year, approximately 1,250 international students graced the halls of Fanshawe College; this year, the number is expected to climb to approximately 1,500. Elo explained that most of her friends go to England or America for school, but after attending school in England herself, she said she prefers Canada. “Here you meet different people, and there are more opportunities here.” Maudsley said she believes that living in Canada helps to attract students from over 60 countries to Fanshawe. “Canada is a very, very peaceful, liberal country where several backgrounds can live the way they want to.”



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Students sentenced to debt

At the back of many students’ minds is a number. It’s a number that increases every time they use their debit card, every time they make a credit card payment, every time tuition fees are due. Experts say that by the time a student graduates from college or university, that number could be in the tens of thousands. That number is the amount of dollars a student is in debt. According to Statistics Canada, the average cost of one semester of tuition is around $5,300. Research from the Canadian government shows the total cost for one year of post-secondary education (including tuition, housing, school supplies and other expenses), is approximately $14,500. Tuition costs are slightly lower for many programs at Fanshawe. The list of fees for each program shows most cost between $1,500 and $2,500 per semester (with some programs costing far more, such as Dental Hygiene and Anesthesia Assistant), but that doesn’t necessarily mean Fanshawe grads have an easier time paying their debt back. Many students turn to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to help with school funding. Though the amount of money a student receives depends on whether they’re in school full- or part-time, as well as a number of other criteria, single students with no dependents can receive up to $12,240 for each year they’re in school. Ontario caps this loan, so the maximum a student must pay back per year of school is $7,300. Even with the loan cap, a two-year program could leave a student nearly $15,000 in debt – or more, if the student must turn to bank loans or other sources to supplement their income. The number in Robin Lavery’s mind is in the thousands. She graduated from the two-year Horticulture diploma program at Fanshawe in 2007, and after graduation, she owed OSAP around $12,000. As she accumulated more debt from other loans, such as her Visa card and her line of credit, that number just kept growing. Lavery, like many students, expected to pay her debt back within a few years of graduating from college. “I think they (OSAP) give you something like 10 years to pay it (your debt) back... I was hoping I could have it paid off in five. But here I am, I’m in the sixth year now, and I’m just halfway through it.” According to Emma Newman, the Vice President of Finance for the Fanshawe Student Union, it’s not all that reasonable for students to expect to pay their debt within a few years of graduating. “I’m sure a lot of people do it, especially depending on the program they graduate from. Some people will walk straight into well-paying jobs in high-demand areas, so it’s a little bit easier for them to pay it back in a shorter period of time. But for the most part, I think that people take a lot longer than that. People sort of underestimate the expenses they’ll have once they’re not in school that prevent you from paying as much down on your debt as you would think.” Lavery’s monthly minimum

payments are $137, but she pays $150 to try to reduce the debt as quickly as possible. But, she said, she knows people who aren’t handling their debt that well. “I have friends who went to school and their minimum payments are around $200, and they can’t even make it.” She mentioned a friend who is a graphic designer who has let his OSAP go into collections. “It means that (he) can’t get any more money from them, and the interest that is occurring on it is much more significant than it was when you would have been paying it. His debt is just accumulating very quickly. But for people like that who just don’t have the money, he just doesn’t care. In seven years, it disappears.” Though “disappearing debt” doesn’t sound so bad, Lavery’s friend’s credit will be ruined, meaning he’ll have trouble getting loans for a car, a house, further education and more. Lavery’s debt is in good standing, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t cause her problems. “I’m renting a house right now, and my landlord just told me yesterday that he’s selling it. He’s giving us the option to buy it, but, because I’m carrying debt from school and whatnot, and I don’t have any money saved because I’ve been trying to pay off my debt, I can’t afford to buy the house.” Newman carries the number $30,000 in the back of her mind. She graduated from the Music Industry Arts program in June, and she is currently in the Corporate Communications and Public relations post-grad program at Fanshawe. Debt has a huge impact on your life after school, she said, and can even change the types of jobs you search for after graduations. “People are looking for jobs that will pay down their debt and they’re not necessarily looking for jobs that interest them or are in their area.” This results in people working in industries they didn’t go to school for, she said, “and it also leaves people thinking that they didn’t get anything from college except all this debt because they’re not working in the area that they thought they would be.” That’s definitely true in Lavery’s case. In addition to dealing with her debt, she has had a difficult time finding a job in her field. Though the job market is tough almost everywhere for young grads, Lavery said it’s especially tough for job seekers in London. “I actually moved away for a couple years – I was living in Toronto. There’s all kinds of jobs there.” Since moving back to London to be with her boyfriend, she’s tried her hand at starting her own business. “It’s a slow process. I have to spend most of my time working full-time somewhere else trying to make ends meet.” She currently manages a garden centre, but since that’s closing for the season, she will have to switch to a bartending position to continue to pay down her debt. When asked if debt is a problem for grads, Lavery responded “definitely,” but added that she’s not sure what the solution is. “I don’t know if there’s anything anyone can do. I mean, they have programs where they help with interest payments, but that doesn’t really do anything. It’s postponing it –


Thousands of students across Ontario are facing a future full of debt. I don’t have to pay for a year, but eventually I’m going to have to start paying it again anyway. Maybe there should be more tools for us, like aids for finding jobs. That’s, ideally, the ultimate goal: to have that good job to pay back the money, right?” Newman said the most important thing to do is to keep track of the debt from day one. “There are a lot of people who graduate from college or university and they … have no idea what their actual accumulated debt is.” She said it’s a good idea to make sacrifices while in college in order to graduate with money left over, leaving some money to start paying loans back as quickly as possible. As VP Finance, part of Newman’s job is to help students navigate through the sometimes murky waters of finances in college. She can help students apply for bursaries and scholarships – free money that never needs to be paid back. She can also work with students to figure out their total debt, and she even has sheets to help students track where their money is coming from and what they will owe by graduation. Another resource that students can turn to is Fanshawe’s Financial Aid office, located in E2020. Kelly Armstrong, who works in Financial Aid, suggested tackling that number in the back of your mind before graduation. “We encourage students to look at the resources they have available; talk to their parents; look at their savings, their part-time earnings; start putting away as soon as you can.” “Do not come (to school) just solely relying on OSAP; it will not be enough,” she stressed. “The intent of OSAP is to supplement your contributions as a student as well as your family’s contributions (if that’s applicable). We really, really encourage people to come up with those resources from a variety of sources.” She mentioned the importance of applying for scholarships and bursaries, telling the story of one high-school student who made it her part-time job to apply for free money to pay for school. She began her first year with $17,000 she didn’t have to pay back, Armstrong said. Students can look to studentawards.com, scholarshipscanada.com and fanshawebursaries.com to apply for a variety of scholarships and bursaries. For more information about OSAP, head to osap.gov.on.ca.

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When youth culture collides with diversity
students into adulthood, to point them toward resources within our college community that can further assist in this period of growth. For our students away from home for the first time, this can present even greater stresses. Some of our students try to cling to old ways, others act out inappropriately, and some just struggle or even suffer in silence. The stressors of going away to college, and all of the newness that goes with it, can suddenly leave people without their predictable social network that once seemed so comfortable. Sometimes new students try to recreate these environments and will go to extremes to exert themselves. While college life is about learning and growth, it is also about learning what behaviour is acceptable in an adult society. Sometimes behaviours that seemed “popular” in high school are now completely unacceptable in this new environment. This may lead to significant problems for our students and the consequences can be life-long, possibly interrupting a smooth journey to an otherwise promising academic career. While the college has excellent Human Rights Policies and Procedures, it is often a more unclear, grey area that we must deal with prior to promoting or enacting these policies. Our students often fail to realize that off campus, they are still representatives of our Fanshawe community and their actions can be viewed in that light. London and region has a very vibrant and active Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning and Intersex (LGB2SQQI) community. This group of people can include your coworkers, your instructors, lab technicians, field placement supervisors or fellow classmates. The reality is that you may never know who they are, but a negative comment or response to others in this new community can have negative repercussions on a student who fails to exercise a sense of decorum and restraint. Popular comments such as “That is so gay!” are now viewed in a different light, regardless of the context in which they were spoken. Certain other behaviours, derogatory words or name-calling, brought to college from one’s previous life, may have serious repercussions within this new adult environment. In short, that kind of language and behaviour is no longer acceptable. Considering the diverse cultural variety in our college community, we also must be sensitive to the cultures and religious concerns of our global community. We can no longer jokingly malign another group of people because of their race, religion, age, gender or culture, and we must learn to respect and accept those who are different from us. Equally, our foreign students must do the same. A night at the pub, whether on or off campus, can have catastrophic consequences. We can never forget that “no means NO”! It doesn’t mean maybe – ever! Sexual violence can land any of us on the wrong side of the law. And yes, girls can also be perpetrators. Each of us wants to be treated with dignity and respect, and in order for us to acquire that, we also must be willing to extend the same to others. It is not a one-way street, nor are there any acceptable excuses for violating this basic tenet – none. As I stated earlier, part of our jobs as faculty and staff is to assist all students in their growth. We are here to help, and we don’t view your education as something that only occurs in a classroom. For our LGB2SQQI students, any of the staff or faculty who have taken the Positive Space Program are wellpositioned to assist, and confidentiality is assured. You are not alone and you should never have to feel you are. Our goal as trained members of the Positive Space Ally Program is to assist you in resolving problems you may have before they become major issues for you or your fellow students. We are also happy to help connect you with college and community resources that are welcoming, inclusive and respectful. For students who fail to “think” before speaking, don’t be surprised if you are quietly corrected so that your success as an adult in this new world is assured. Again, we are there to help you; yes, we all make mistakes, and sometimes an intermediary can smooth out the bumps of misunderstanding. In conclusion, I want to welcome our new students and welcome back our returning students! We hope you learn from each other as much as you learn from us. The diversity that our college community offers and the life lessons you will learn are immeasurable and potentially rewarding and refreshing. In accepting those who walk different paths in life, even if we don’t understand them, we step out of our “comfort zones” and potentially expand our world. By capitalizing on opportunities to connect with and learn from diverse cultures and customs, we will all be successful in both our academic career and in life.


As we welcome our new students into the college community, we sometimes observe that differences in students’ social expectations may lead to and create social discomfort or moral dilemmas for others. Many younger first-year students find it stressful and difficult to adjust to college life, particularly if they are coming directly from a high school environment. College life presents new challenges; different academic expectations in a new and often larger environment. Without the predictable support systems of home, family and friends, some students find this sudden exposure to new cultures and ways of life overwhelming. For us as instructors, this becomes an increasingly difficult problem since our first obligation is to instruct our students, but equally, we must do so by encouraging our students to understand that their whole world has changed; what was acceptable in high school is often not accepted within this new adult environment. We are there to guide our

How to get the most from private career colleges
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Private career colleges offer a wide range of training programs and the ability to gain credentials quickly in today’s demanding, competitive work market. While most deliver what they promise, some private career colleges use poorly trained instructors, offer courses not recognized by regulatory governing bodies, charge high tuition fees and have dismal learning facilities. These problems have been on the decline since the passage of the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 (PCCA), but there are still steps you should take to protect yourself if you are considering enrolling in a private career college. Private career colleges are privately owned and operated businesses and should not be confused with Ontario’s 24 publicly supported colleges of arts and technology. Do Your Homework You should research the private career college you want to attend in order to avoid problems. The website for Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (www.tcu.gov.on.ca) has a search function to determine if a college or an offered course is provincially licensed. If the college or course is licensed, then you can be assured that the protective regulations of the PCCA will apply. The Ministry website also lists colleges that have been fined for violating the Act. If you enroll in a college that is not licensed, the PCCA will not protect you, but you can still file a complaint with the Ministry, which will conduct an investigation that can help to protect future students from similar problems.

Protection After the Fact Even if you’ve already signed up for a course with a private career college, there may be remedies available to you if you encounter problems. Before beginning a course or program with a private career college, the college must have you sign a written contract called an “enrollment agreement.” The PCCA requires specific provisions in the contract. For example, the contract must contain the start and expected completion date of a vocational program, the language of instruction and the admission requirements for the program. If these or other required provisions are not included in the contract, then it is not binding. Moreover, you have the right to cancel an enrollment agreement within two days of receiving a copy of it. To do so, you must immediately notify the college in writing of your intention to cancel, and deliver your notice to the address stated on the contract. If you wish to cancel your contract within the two-day period, you must give back any items given to you by the college and the college must return any funds you paid to them. Furthermore, the PCCA prohibits private career college operators from making misleading statements or advertisements to induce an individual to sign up for a course or program with them. This means that if you believe that you were induced to sign up with a career college through misleading statements, your contract with the college may be void, and you may not be required to pay the college operator. Finally, minimum standards of education and experience are required of the instructors teaching at career colleges. Generally, an instructor is required to have had four years of experience working in the vocation he or she is teaching, or a diploma, degree or

apprenticeship certification supplemented by two years of work experience. The only exception to these standards is if the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities approves the employment of an instructor deficient in meeting them. Filing a Complaint The PCCA requires that each college have a student complaint procedure. If you have concerns about a college you have signed up with, you can complain directly to the college to seek a remedy. You can also file a complaint with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities if the college is unable to address your complaint to your satisfaction. For more information, we encourage you to contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities at www.tcu.gov.on.ca or toll-free at 1-800-387-5514. In addition, you can find more information about consumer protection topics at any time in a series of Community Law School webinars archived online at tinyurl.com/lawwebinars-2012. Be empowered and stay tuned. This column is brought to you by Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc., and Community Legal Services and Pro Bono Students Canada at Western University, with funding support from the Law Foundation of Ontario. It provides legal information only. The information is accurate as of the date of publication. Laws change frequently so we caution readers from relying on this information if some time has passed since publication. If you need specific legal advice please contact a lawyer, your community legal clinic, Justice Net at 1-866-919-3219, or the Law Society Referral Service at 1-800-268-8326.

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Growing up and growing old – not necessary synonymous terms
ROSE CORA PERRY www.rosecoraperry.com

This past month, I celebrated 28 years of glorious existence on this earth; namely “glorious” because unlike my fellow wacky artistic types, I was smart enough not to find membership on the “Dead at 27” list. Like all of my previous birthdays, I found myself being showered with varying sums of money from my relatives. Now, I’m not certain where this tradition originated; perhaps I was denoted long ago as one of those hardto-buy-for individuals or maybe my family members simply have the extra disposable cash. Either way, for as long as I can remember, August has consistently been ushered in by the receipt of cheque-filled envelope upon envelope in my mailbox. I jokingly remarked to my mom this year, “When do you think I’ll reach the cut-off age? I’ve come to rely on receiving that extra annual income.” While I assure you the aforementioned statement was entirely made in jest, it brought to light an interesting modern-day dilemma: at what age is one now considered an “adult”? In other words, it’d be hard to imagine me (or anyone for that matter!) reaching 40 or 50 years of age and still receiving birthday spending money from their extended family members. If we trace back through human history, “adulthood” was seemingly easier to define. In the Medieval era, a woman was signed up for marriage and childbirth the moment she demonstrated her first signs of fertility. During the early 1900s, mandatory military training began for boys as early as age 10. The moment you hit 18, you’d be enlisted to the draft lottery, whether you were a lover or a fighter. In stark contrast, in today’s world, we, as a country, can’t even seem to agree upon what the legal drinking age should be! Nowadays, it’s not uncommon for men and women in their late 20s and 30s to still be floundering when it comes to setting a career path and/or relying on their parents for financial support. Despite having access to superior education and opportunities, many of us (and it’s not for lack of trying) just can’t seem to “grow up.” Of course, this calls into question yet another existential dilemma: what exactly does it mean to be “grown up”?

But before we open that can of worms, there’s another query that requires addressing: why does any of this matter? Well, psychological research has uncovered time and time again that humans’ number-one fear is death (public speaking, interestingly, ranks second). Given that humans, as a species, are able to cognitively contemplate existence and come to grips with the notion that ALL living things are tied to a fairly predictable life cycle, it must be understood that this fear is not simply about losing the function of one’s physical form. In order to understand death and our fear of it, then, one must look beyond its literal meaning and instead into the world of symbolism. Intertwined with the fear of death is also a “fear of the unknown” (e.g. What happens when I lose my physical form? Is there an afterlife? Should I have believed in something? Will I return in another form in the future?). More pertinent to our discussion, however, a fear of death is as well largely tied to a “fear of failure” (e.g. I’m running out of time. There are so many things I want/ed to accomplish. How will I be remembered? Did I do enough?) Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, each year we age, these types of contemplations become increasingly important to us. What I’m trying to get at is that throughout our history, and even still today, “adulthood” has been defined by the accomplishment of specific milestones at set ages: a standardized checklist, if you will, of obtaining education (teens to 20s), establishing/maintaining a career (mid 20s to 50s), getting married (late 20s to early 30s), having kids (late 20s to early 30s), buying a home with a snazzy white picket fence (mid to late 30s), retirement (mid 60s) and so forth. This “idealization,” however, fails to take into account changing social, political and cultural circumstances. Accordingly, many of us live “stressed out” and become increasingly depressed as we age because we’re unable to “measure up.” As humans are a social species that highly values group membership, failing to accomplish these established “life goals” (as determined by our larger social group) presents yet another potential fear coming to light: that of ostracism. In other words, there’s no worse “death” than “dying alone.” Taking all of the above into consideration, I’d like to suggest that this traditional model of “adulthood” is short-sighted and outdated (to say the least). Having life goals IS


Pauline Marois won the September 4 election to become Quebec’s new Premier.

Re:United Quebec


absolutely essential, BUT in my 28 years on Earth, if I’ve learned anything, it’s this simple truth: true age and “maturity” (and therefore what constitutes adulthood/growing up) cannot and should NOT be merely defined by a number OR series of tangible accomplishments. After all, we’ve all known “adults” whose behaviour is juvenile, at best, and “children” who take us by surprise by the wisdom they effortlessly espouse. Instead, I’d like to propose that we should assess age (and “adulthood”) by one’s level of “psychological maturity”: the ability to encounter all of life’s circumstances with a non-defensive introspective empathetic responsible point of view. Yes, I know that’s a rather loaded statement! It goes without saying that maintaining consistency when it comes to adopting/applying a “psychologically mature” perspective is by far the most trying aspect of this entire exercise. Never fear, my friends! The aim of this monthly series is to help you on your way. With that said, lesson number one comes directly off of a page from my recent birthday book: ASK QUESTIONS. Rarely is there a time something should be accepted at its face value. True understanding and therefore appropriate “mature” reaction is ONLY possible when one has inquired to learn all sides of the equation.

Failure, coddling and student success
MICHAEL VEENEMA veenema.m@gmail.com

In an article that’s just appeared on the Globe and Mail website, Paul Tough (I am not making up the name) talks about students and success. The article begins with Margaret Wente’s confession that she had always thought that genes and IQ were much more important in determining our success than whether our parents hugged us or sat beside us for piano lessons. If it’s all about genes and IQ, then there’s not much anyone could have done to make sure you succeed at college. But, according to Tough, there’s no need to be so fatalistic. At the risk of oversimplifying the article, I’m going to highlight a few of his claims (and add a few thoughts of my own). First, he says that if your parents coddled you, that’s good – as long as there was a lot of coddling when you were very little, say up to the age of three, decreasing

as you grew older. If your parents hugged you when you cried and gave you presents that met your childhood needs, great. Second, he says that if your parents were tough on you, letting you know when you did poorly as well as when you succeeded, that too is good – as long as they began doing that when you were around three. Generally, telling a nine-year-old that she’s the best hockey player in the world doesn’t help her succeed. It may be good for her self-esteem, but it will give her an unrealistic impression of what she can expect in the wider world where parents aren’t going to be around to protect her from evaluations – it’s much better to let her know that she should tighten up her skating and work on her slap shot. Third, if you had the opportunity to succeed at things with less – or maybe even no – parental involvement, that too is a very good thing. Typically it would be best if you had such experiences in your teenage years. Tough mentions that he had a crazy idea of cycling from Atlanta to Halifax when he was 18 years old. He had little idea of all the challenges he would face, but he did it.

Fourth, if you’ve ever failed at something, consider yourself lucky. Teens and adults who have never failed at anything often have not developed the coping skills needed to survive when the path gets rocky. The experience of picking yourself up and starting again after failing a course, after being bullied or after coming in 14th in the long jump can be invaluable. As you overcome possible feelings of frustration, anger, disappointment and betrayal, and as you decide what your next steps are going to be, you find and build resiliency. Without resiliency, you may not reach your goals. With it, your chances are much greater. Underlying much of this are two other factors. One of them is the importance of stable family. And a second is the importance of willpower. We all have the ability to make choices. For example, we can give in to frustration, anger, addictive tendencies or laziness. But we can also choose a better path with respect to all of these. And to all of this, I would also add prayer. And that’s for next week.

The Quebec provincial election results will have far-reaching effects on all of Canada – particularly Ontario, as the two provinces jointly contain two-thirds of Canada’s population. The student riots in Montreal bolstered support for the Parti-Quebecois candidate Pauline Marois and swept Premier Jean Charest’s foundation away. In May, Premier Charest took a hit to his credibility when the province’s education minister, Line Beauchamp, stepped down after being unable to negotiate an agreement with the leaders of several student groups prominent in the riots. This was followed by an underwhelming campaign hampered by concerns about student protestors potentially disrupting the Premier’s appearances. Marois was polling well all the way into the election and managed to secure a minority government in the province with 59 seats. Her leadership will be a significant change of direction for a province that struggles with corruption on a broad enough scale to require a provincial inquiry. Within 100 days of being elected, Marois promised she will abolish the tuition increase and commence an alternative process to examine the issue. To add a degree of accountability, she also committed to limiting tuition increases to not exceed the rate of inflation. Entering the election, it’s been readily apparent that Marois is interested in bringing back the traditional values of the Parti Quebecois, even proposing to ban head coverings in the public sector workforce. Her campaign alienated a huge population of citizens who’ve become the driving force for social and economic evolution in the province. Those she alienated, however, are a minority in comparison with the provincially oriented citizens who’ve grown accustomed to superior healthcare and heavily subsidized post-secondary education. Charest painted the opposition with a broad brush, insinuating that they’re just varying degrees of separatists while promising to clean up the province and tackle economic issues. While being founded on solid, sound principles, Charest’s campaign held little appeal to one of the most vocal groups in this election: students. Students are a diverse group with an excellent grasp of popular culture, social media and expendable resources. In an effort to assert himself, Charest failed to come to an agreement with student groups. The result was escalating unrest and the introduction of Bill 78, a blunder that contributed to costing him the election. For many in Quebec, Charest was a symbol of the failure to negotiate and that stayed true on the campaign trail. The election results have a huge impact on the future of Quebec as a province and as part of Canada. Marois promised to infuse several social programs with government money, leading to the question of where she plans to find that money. The minority government requires cooperation to sustain, something all too rare in politics, particularly in Quebec. The divisiveness on the campaign trail may well haunt Marois through her term since the opposition will have little interest in working with her. With one candidate pushing an agenda of cooperation and fiscal responsibility and the other promising rebates and tax cuts, the decision was an easy one to make for Quebec voters.

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Lowlands rolling into London

The guys of the band Lowlands have no problem taking things slow especially when it came to making their new album Huron, due out on September 14. I got the chance to talk to Lowlands’ Gordon Auld about all things music and why he is looking forward to their upcoming tour. You guys relocated from Toronto to Guelph. In your opinion, what are some of the biggest differences musically between the two cities? “Well, Guelph is a university town so that’s the huge difference, really. The music scene or industries here in university towns are a totally different model than Toronto. In Toronto there are thousands of bands, thousands of venues and a great community and everyone stays really connected there. But in Guelph, (the music scene) is really dependent on students, which is good and bad. In the summer, playing shows can still be good, but it’s less frequent, but everyone wants to tour university towns in the fall because that’s when everyone is back and around to go see shows. I think that’s real-

ly one of the biggest differences, though, that we are dependent on the university scene, which I don’t really see as a negative thing. I see it as a positive thing, because if you look at the size of the city, there are four or five decent places to play and lots of amazing bands who play there. Also, anyone who plays a show in Toronto would play Guelph as well because it’s on the tour route. So there are lots of good opportunities to play locally with people. We don’t really play in Guelph more than once every three or four months just because we want to draw our focus to other cities. We can always count on Guelph because most of our friends grew up here and we live here, but it’s always better to focus on your stronger cities, which will also make your other cities stronger – for example, cities like London and Hamilton. So I would say those are the two biggest differences musically between the two cities.” Your sophomore album Huron is due out September 14. Can you explain the feel of this album compared to your first album? “The first big difference between them would have to be the production. With the first album, we had no idea what we were doing as far as recording material. I had only ever done recording on tapes and on (crappy) 4-tracks


before that first album. Being in the studio, we had no idea what we were doing. I mean, we had really great people who were recording with us, but they were novices. Dan Beeson, who is the slide player and drummer of Lowands now, has a studio just up the street and mastered the first album, and said he wanted to do the same with this one as well. So we really took our time to make everything sound right. That’s really the huge differences when I listen to both of them: it’s the sound quality. Also one of the biggest things sound-wise for us that we have been dealing with is playing soft folk songs and loud folk songs and the difference between them. We do play a lot of bars at like 12 at night that are packed and you kind of have to play the loud stuff. But we also

played at a farm and did an all acoustic set. Everyone was just drinking whiskey and crowding around and we don’t ever want to lose that. Also, with our last album, it was really only our loudest, strongest songs so I guess we are kind of testing the waters a little bit with this one.” You have Canadian dates, but are you planning to play some shows in the States and maybe even overseas? “Yes, we are planning to do so, but when? I don’t really know. We have an east coast (of Canada) tour booked, though. We did have another little lineup change. Our rhythm section has just been a revolving door for the last few months. We have a pedal steel player now – Danny – who is also drumming and is going to be

switching up that position as well because they can both play the pedal steel and the drums for the tour. We are also sharing band members with Alanna Gurr, who is touring with us, so it’s like six people, one car, two vans. It’s going to be fun, though, because we have been playing with Alanna for so long. We do have plans for the States, but it won’t be happening too soon, I would say next fall at the earliest.” Go and see the band when they come to London on September 24 at APK Live. For more information, visit their website lowlandsmusic.com and be sure to get their new album, Huron, on September 14 It will also be available for streaming on their website and on iTunes.



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Dada Life and monkeying around

I write about random things a lot. I write a lot about random things. What’s the worst thing you can think of happening at a concert? I don’t mean deaths or anything negative befalling the performing artist, but rather the experience you have going to a show – what ruins a concert experience for you? This summer I’ve come to witness the newest low amongst concert-goer infractions. It was Rock The Park in July, and headliner Slash began his fiery set with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators following an afternoon of performances by Monster Truck, I Mother Earth and Bush. About four or five songs into the set, a drunk man weaving back and forth to the music in front of me suddenly half-turned, tucked his penis back into his pants and then disappeared into the crowd as everyone around suddenly realized the terrible truth: he had just peed on the guy in front of him. Sadly, the same happened to a dear friend of mine a couple of weeks ago at a concert in Toronto. It’s no surprise concert etiquette has changed over the years, and

these days concert-goers now have to find patience with people playing with their phones and cameras in addition to traditional concert faux pas. But when fans can’t feel comfortable or safe from assault amongst other fans, the experience as we know it will suffer profoundly. So what’s the answer? Love thy neighbour at a concert. Treat others the way you would have them treat you. Or, consider the Dada Life philosophy: “Destroy dance music and have fun. Don’t look back in the past. Always go forward. Don’t think too much. Always follow the money. Do the Dada.” Hailing from Sweden, Dada Life – Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom – are putting the fun back into concerts. Known for their highly energetic live performances, the duo are at the forefront of the Swedish house music scene and just want their fans to have a good time. In fact, fans often dress in banana outfits for the show, as though the champagne, balloons and sausages being thrown from the stage triggers their inner fruitcake. Dada Life has long been a part of the electronic music scene in their native country, and has enjoyed a growing status worldwide thanks to their distinct sound and fun attitude. You may have heard their releases back in 2006, but it wasn’t until last year’s “Kick Out The Epic

Motherfucker” that they hit the top of the charts in Sweden, peaking at number two. Dada Life is embarking on their biggest North American tour to date, stopping here in London on September 20 for their long-awaited return to the London Music Hall. The tour stops here in southern Ontario for a few dates before diving into the U.S. until the end of October. Perhaps the most telling thing to consider is that Dada Life prefers to let the music do the talking. Don’t mistake their laid-back disposition for indolence, however; the pair may exude a carefree demeanour, but their success has come directly from hard work. “It started with doing a lot of tracks, doing remixes and doing songs,” Corneer told Earmilk.com’s Alex Leonard after their performance in London in November. “That’s the best advice we give to new producers and DJs all around the world. Just keep doing remixes and keep doing songs and try to get them out to as many people as possible, it takes time, just be productive.” For more on Dada Life or to purchase tickets for their upcoming tour, visit them online at dadalife.com or follow along on Twitter @dadalife. Tickets for their September 20 gig here in London are $30 and doors will open at 10


p.m. Make no mistake, tickets are going to go fast for this event, so act soon or risk having to travel to nearby Guelph or Toronto to see them live. And for more of the latest music

news, views and more, consider following this column on Twitter @fsu_bobbyisms. Don’t think too much and have fun, but please, don’t pee on each other. I’m out of words.

Beat the statistics, be a success

Statistically almost 50 per cent of students who commence a program don’t complete their program. There are many factors to look at when considering this statistic – the student may have chosen a program they’re not interested in or they may have had to leave because of personal reasons. Fanshawe’s student success facilitator Cheryl Mills clarified that “More often they are dropping out after midterms when they get grades back that say they’re not doing well and that’s a really strong wakeup call.” So how can you beat the odds? Whether it’s your first year at Fanshawe or you’re a returning student, here are some tips for success. Why do students get behind with their studies during the month of September? “I think it’s because students have had this opportunity to be unscheduled, and there’s also good weather and lots of freedom,” Mills said. Remaining focused and avoiding all those first-month distractions is one part of the key to success. Mills stressed that organization and time management are the most essential tools for success. She suggested three tools to help you stay on track with your work. Firstly, she recommended mapping out all of your due dates and posting them above your desk – “This will help you to see the big picture,” she noted. Secondly, you need a daily to-do list. “Not only will it help you get a quality sleep at night, but I also suggest you look at the list in the morning so you know exactly what you have to

accomplish that day.” Thirdly, get a planner, whether it’s an app on your smartphone or a paper agenda. “Put everything into a planner – include your whole life: a dentist appointment, coaching appointment, a placement – whatever it might be. Your life is reflected into that schedule so you can start looking for gaps to put in study times and plan ahead.” Another challenging problem students encounter is timing and project management. Thinking twice about booking a full weekend of social activities when so many events are available is not easy to turn down. “Students often underestimate how much time it will take them to complete a task,” Mills said. “The rule of thumb is that for every hour you spend in class, we recommend that you spend two hours of independent study.” Most midterms or big papers aren’t due until October, though, so what’s the rush? “There’s a misnomer about studying that it’s something we do only before a midterm, quiz or final,” Mills said. “Studying is something we do each and every day.” Keeping up with your work and making notes after each class can make a big difference. Mills said that, theoretically, the best way to learn information is repetition. “What they suggest is that we need a minimum of three repetitions with the same context.” There’s a catch, though – these repetitions must happen within a 24-hour window. Mills clarified “The first repetition is reading the textbook before class – all of the words, definitions, theories and formulas that are going to be discussed in class. This

will allow students to go to class and not be a secretary taking diction; it allows them to put the pen down and use their brains to process the information and then write notes (the second repetition). The third repetition would be reviewing the notes and creating study notes for the exam that same day.” Studying techniques in high school and studying in college can be very different. The material can become increasingly difficult and you’ll be expected to learn at a faster pace. We all know that studying in advance is a must, but what else should we know about study habits? According to Mills, most students are nighthawks, so for them, she recommended studying at night when their brains are awake. In terms of what to study, “I’m going to encourage them to start with subject matter that they either find most difficult, overwhelmingly challenging or the most boring, uninteresting material. You want to work on these first when your brain is most alert.” Getting the hardest information out of the way first will help you feel less stressed and more accomplished. We all choose different tactics for studying. Some of us are verbal learners, some are visual and some are auditory. Maybe you make cue cards, record audio in class and listen to it at night or write out information a million times until it’s stuck in your mind. But, if pure memorization is your regular go-to strategy, Mills said you may want to think twice. “The other thing I really encourage students to do is not to memorize. If you are looking at a theo-

rist, for example, truly understand what this theorist believes in rather than citing word-for-word what your textbook says. If making cue cards, resist the urge to write wordfor-word because the way the textbook is written is not remotely similar to the way you think, speak or write, yourself. Comprehend, truly understand the material and this will make the shift to the longterm memory.”

The other problem with memorization is that most courses have final exams many months after you first learn the information. If you are not truly grasping the information that you’re reading, you will likely experience difficulties recalling the details four months down the road. Mills warned, “You’re essentially looking back at all 14 weeks of material trying to learn it … it’s just not worth it.”

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be very aware of what’s going on in the class at all times. “More people underestimate the amount of time you have to put into an online course. You have to be a great time manager, you really do, because deadlines will come and go and there’s no teacher telling you, ‘Oh, this is coming up.’” Everyone handles school differently, so it’s important to really think about whether an online class is the right fit for you. White stressed the importance of being independent; “You have to want to go through the material on your own, some people learn better in groups or get better ideas when other folks are talking about things.” The biggest difference between a regular class and an online one is that you don’t have to be at school for any length of time or on a set date. “There are advantages, for sure,” White said, “Especially if you’re working, there’s the flexibility of schedule, you don’t have to be in a brick and mortar building.” Online classes may also be a good idea for those who don’t like a classroom environment. Many college classes have a similar dynamic to high school – very close, in-person interactions with teachers and other students. “Some people find that they really like to go through material on their own. They maybe feel shy to ask questions in the classroom, but feel more comfortable emailing or going on a discussion board because they don’t feel like they are being put on the spot,” White pointed out. Shabanova said she felt comfort-

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The ins and outs of online classes

Typically you get home from class, grab your laptop and sit in front of your TV. You may check Facebook, Twitter, some emails, and look up some YouTube videos. The Internet has become such an integrated part of our lives. According to Internet marketing company comScore, Canadians spent an average of 45 hours on the Internet from October to December in 2011 – that’s about two hours every day! We’re all familiar with using our laptops to make notes and write essays, but what about having an entire class online? Fanshawe offers over 330 online classes in almost every department. Online classes aren’t anything new, but what’s the experience like? How can you be successful if you choose to delve into this new virtual world of independent study? Katya Shabanova recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree of Management and Organizations from Western University; she took an anthropology class online that she originally thought was going to be an easy mark. “It was hard to organize my time properly; I always left things to the last minute. I learned my lesson by my midterm when I didn’t do so well.” “Time management and self-discipline are key,” said Michelle White, a Human Resources professor at Fanshawe, “Every online class has a checklist of things and due dates beside it: that’s your bible. If you print that off and highlight things when you finish them, you will stay on track.” White warned that you need to


Students with strong independent study skills may find they prefer to attend class online over in person. able with the format of her online class. “We had an online board and for each chapter we had to post an analysis. The teacher also led online discussions by posting questions for us to think about before each reading. This helped me stay on track a bit.” So if you love to read, study on your own and have no doubt that organization and time management are your strengths, an online course may be what you’re looking for – and hey, you won’t have to get up at 8 a.m. for class!

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First-year advice from former students

A quick survey of returning students and Fanshawe alumni to find out what students would tell their first-year self revealed a lot of great information for new students. Here are the top five tips that were shared. 1. People Don’t Become Successful By Sheer Luck If you want to be successful, you will have to work for it. Your classes have to be your first priority. You will need to be organized and aware of when your next assignment is due. You will need to attend classes. Remember that you will get out of college what you put into it. 2. Get Involved Try extracurricular activities, such as student council. You can meet like-minded people, make friends, network and build skills. Try something that you are interested in and something that will add to your resume when you finish your program and start looking for your first post-college job. 3. Instructors And Staff Are Valuable Resources The instructors want you to succeed, so ask questions and get to know them. Try to make a good impression with your instructors and counsellors – you may be able to use them to network later on and they may even help you with a reference one day when you’re hunt-

ing for a job. “Students should always communicate with their faculty and student success advisor if they are concerned about their grades and progress. Assuming everything is okay is not enough; your SSA is a great resource that will keep you on track,” said Zack Dodge, Fanshawe Student Union President and Corporate Communications and Public Relations grad. 4. Your Failures Will Teach You As Much As Your Successes Everyone around you is probably going through similar issues, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you find you’re having a hard time juggling all of your assignments or if you make a mistake. Admit it to yourself and do your best to fix it, then move on. 5. Find Your Balance You can balance everything. Too much school and not enough social time will not make a good college experience, but too much socializing and not enough school time will make for a disastrous college experience. “Go into school telling yourself that you are there to build a career for yourself. These years in college will depict what you do with the rest of your life – take it seriously, but enjoy yourself at the same time. These will be some of the best years of your life, but they will fly by, so enjoy it while it lasts,” said Andrew Buttigieg, Broadcast Journalism grad.



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LaBeouf gets Lawless

Lawless (2012)
No longer is Shia LaBeouf the one-trick pony from Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise; the young actor has grown into a multifaceted performer with his brilliant dramatic performance in John Hillcoat’s Lawless. The latest dramatic period film from Hillcoat, best known for his 2009 take on Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road, follows the lives of the Bondurant brothers during the Great Depression in Virginia. The brothers – Howard, the oldest and a veteran of WWI; Forrest, who fought the Spanish Flu and won; and Jack, the youngest and most inexperienced in the ways of the world – are making it through the tough times by bootlegging their own brew of moonshine. When a new lawman comes rolling into town, the Bondurants stand firm and vow to do what it takes to evade the long arm of the law. Taking centre screen as the bootlegging brothers Howard, Forrest and Jack are Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy and LaBeouf, respectively. Clarke, perhaps best remembered for his role as Red Hamilton in 2009’s Public Enemies, brings a distinct Depression-era tone to his role of the oldest and most hardened Bondurant brothers.


Shia LaBeouf shakes off his Transformers stigma in Lawless. Hardy, meanwhile, fresh off his terrifying performance as Bane in this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises, plays it a little closer to home with a much more subtle, if no less spine-chilling, kind of hardness. Finally, but certainly not least of all, LaBeouf plays the youngest and most naive of the Bondurants. LaBeouf truly shines in this role, which for him feels dramatically different from any of his previous work; he embodies such a desperate yet determined character so completely it becomes easy to get lost in his performance. Playing opposite the lawless Bondurants is Guy Pearce as Charlie Rakes, the new law in town. As if Pearce wasn’t unsettling enough on screen normally, now playing a good guy who you don’t want to triumph with his sinister manner of speech and creepy lack of eyebrows, Pearce takes it to a whole new level. But we can’t overlook the outstanding female performances in Lawless; though somewhat in the background, their time on screen is no less powerful. Jessica Chastain, who seems to have found her place in period pieces, and Mia Wasikowska bring to life the women of the Great Depression who inspire love and kindness from otherwise hardened men. What is truly striking about Lawless and what makes the film’s story resound with such intensity is the gritty realism of the time. Lawless doesn’t shy away from any of the violence, dirtiness or desperation of the Great Depression, and although at times it can be difficult to digest, anything less would have greatly taken away from the film’s potency. Not one for the faint-hearted, Lawless is a down and dirty look at the so-called “criminals” of a time when men were hard and life was harder. If you’re intrigued by oldschool bad guys just trying to get by, then Lawless is not one to be missed.

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Rubber (2010)
Throughout the history of motion pictures, audiences have been presented some truly heartless, cruel and dastardly villains. Darth Vader. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker. That shirtless werewolf guy from the Twilight films. They all pale in comparison, however, to the protagonist in Rubber, a truly ground-breaking film I’ll be taking a look at this week. Why? Well, because the lead character is a tire. Rubber is a film within a film from renowned French director Quentin Dupieux. As the story begins, a group of individuals are gathered in a desert to watch a film. There is no screen, only binoculars. What they are treated to is the oddest occurrence in a “theatre” since Fred Willard decided to get out of the house one night this past summer. A tire suddenly springs to life, and that’s where things really get rolling. Literally rolling, as that is all the tire does at first. But it doesn’t take long for the tire to cross paths with others objects, and eventually animals and people.

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: gather round for the latest and, by my count, greatest insight into the evolution of the biz we all know and love so much... show. Movies have come a long way since they were first invented before the turn of the 20th century. From synchronized sound to colour film to high definition and 3D technology, there isn’t much that remains untouched in the world of Tinseltown; there isn’t much left unscathed. If you’re itching for the newest Avatar flick and can’t wait to see your favourite children’s movie remastered with each new era of film, then you can probably stop reading right now. However, if you are one of those sensitive souls who longs for a theatre where actual film is still used, or someone who refuses to watch anything with the words “part 17” in the title, then we have something in common and reading these few paragraphs might just be worth your time. Sure, I wasn’t actually alive during the days of Old Hollywood, and some may call me pretentious for delighting in the nostalgia of a

past that was never actually mine, but whether you lived it yourself or not, there is something to be said for the magic of Old Hollywood; for the beauty and timelessness of films made because they aroused a passion in someone, not because the studios want to bank on a franchise which has made them a pretty profit time and time again. I may not know it all about the movie business, I may not know every tidbit and every star, but I know quality and I know when it is clearly lacking in an industry that seems to have lost quite nearly all of its creative soul. So join me this year if you will; take a moment from your studies on this journey as we ponder the big questions, like why do some people insist on believing that Avatar has somehow outdone Gone with the Wind in the race for highest-grossing movie? Why do Disney and Pixar feel the need to remaster every children’s classic into the third dimension? I don’t know it all and I don’t pretend to, but I know what I like and I know that I’m not alone in that. So if you want to hear one woman’s insights into how the film industry is changing rapidly and why some of us don’t think that’s a good thing, then read on, fellow cinephiles; read on and rejoice because you’re not alone in your love of good cinema.


Tread carefully if decide to watch Rubber. And that is when this tire will genres of film, and to really challenge itself with the roles it choosmake you squeal. You see, this isn’t your typical es. Perhaps a romantic comedy Disney-style anthropomorphism. with Reese Witherspoon? Maybe a This tire is pure evil. Through the buddy action film with Jason power of telekinesis, the tire is able Statham? The only genre I don’t to make anything – or anyone – feel the tire would succeed in is explode into bits. This leads to a pornography, since rubbers are not thrilling and hilarious “tire-hunt” generally used. But as long as the where buffoonish local law tire’s ego doesn’t get too inflated, enforcement attempt to give this and it treads cautiously, its career will continue gain traction. The tire a flat. I cannot say enough about the wheels are already in motion. In an age when most movies performance of the tire. Not since Kristen Stewart burst onto the seem to just be retreads, Rubber is scene with the aforementioned a provocative and original film. If Twilight films has an inanimate you want to have a good day – hell, object been given such a prominent if you want to have a good year – role in a major motion picture. I then be sure to check out Rubber. hope to see the tire tackle other



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Back-to-school trends to know

As the new school year is finally here, it’s time to switch up your makeup routine, try new products and freshen up your everyday makeup looks. Over the summer, we all know our makeup looks start to diminish and we fall into a minimalist routine – it’s time to try out some of the new fall trends for your fresh, back-to-school makeup. Fall 2012 trends are all about using extreme dark and light colours in your look and contrasting them. This could mean having very neutral tones around the eye and then having an extreme deep rouge lip. Statement colours are very big with the fall makeup trends, whether they’re on your lashes, lips, cheeks or eyelids. The first trend for fall is mulberry lips; red is always a prominent colour in fall makeup, but this year it is very toned down and not so vibrant. Instead of having a true red lip, the lipsticks are much deeper with hints of chocolate undertones. When wearing this lip colour, it’s best to have it fairly glossy and

contrasted with a very simple eye colour. A simple rule to remember for this season’s trends is “one out of three”; for example, if your eyes are very dramatic, then keep your cheeks and lips simple (neutraltoned). The second makeup trend that has actually transferred over from last year’s trends is defined brows. This part of the face is often skipped when quickly getting ready in the morning, but filling in the brows actually adds a lot of definition to the face. It is best to use eyebrow powders, as you can get a more natural look, but you can also feather on eyebrow pencils to really define the arch of the eyebrow. For a really bold evening look, you can also add some glitter and colour to the eyebrows. The last and probably most wearable trend for back to school is smoky brown for eyes. Instead of using the harsh blacks and greys for a traditional smoky eye (which tend to wash out a lot of complexions), deep browns are now being used instead. These shades work beautifully with all complexions and can easily be transformed from a daytime look to an evening look just by layering on more pigment. Instead of using a black eyeliner, try using a mocha-coloured kohl liner and


The beautiful mulberry lips trend is seen on many celebrities on the red carpet. blending it out (with a smudge brush) to create an even smokier eye. Finish this look by adding a volumizing mascara and a nude lip (keeping the one-in-three rule in mind). This season, try switching up your makeup routine by including one or all of these flawless makeup trends. Contrasting between extremes of lightness and darkness in colour will add life to your look; just remember to keep the one-inthree rule in mind.



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The importance of thinking outside the box
Jeffrey Reed

Paying to be rude
Susie Mah

As a student in Fanshawe College’s School of Broadcast Journalism from 1981 to ’83, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a number of practical learning experiences. In fact, about two-thirds of my time involved helping operate a busy newsroom and interviewing members of the community for newscasts and documentaries. Still, I attended regular classroom lectures – English, economics, history, law and, my favourite class, Film Appreciation with recently retired Fanshawe professor Joseph Dunlop-Addley. But I’m guessing that as a current Fanshawe student, sitting through an eight-hour day of lectures and PowerPoints isn’t your preferred method of learning. Lectures are necessary and they do serve a purpose, but I like to think of them as the starting blocks of higher education. As a professor, I use PowerPoints to instill a sense of curiosity within my students. Once introduced to a new set of tools necessary to obtaining employment, it is then up to students to run with these new ideas – develop a skillset that will help separate them from the competition. We’ve all heard the term ‘think outside the box.’ During my entire career as a journalist and media relations professional – and even as a Fanshawe student – I’ve advanced through the ranks by thinking outside the box. Many times as a student reporter I would have coffee with my professors at D Cafeteria and pick their brains about what I had learned in class earlier that day. And whenever I interviewed a politician, athlete or member of the business community, I would ask questions – sometimes away from the microphone or camera – that didn’t necessarily involve the news story to which I was assigned, but did interest me in terms of my own career. Classroom instruction is imperative to earning a diploma and learning the basic skills necessary to your chosen profession. But it’s just a start. Thinking outside the box – taking additional steps, doing your homework and considering all angles – is what will help separate you from the majority of job seekers. In the mid-1980s, I was working part-time as a radio newscaster and reporter, freelance writing on a parttime basis and bartending at a downtown hotel. I knew then that I


Thinking outside the box could lead you to that opportunity that helps launch your career. wanted to write on a full-time basis, and I also knew that networking was an all-important piece to that puzzle. In fact, I had earlier left a well-paying office job in order to have more face-to-face contact with people with whom I could network. Two weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of a business card, even now as you begin or complete your studies. When I bartended, I always kept my business cards behind the bar: “Jeffrey Reed, Freelance Writer,” with my phone number and – I can admit now – a cheesy graphic of a quill pen. It was either that or an image of a typewriter. To refresh your memory, a typewriter is an insufficient writing instrument (precomputer) that involves messy carbon paper and mounds of incomplete stories piled high on the floor, resting at your feet while you stumble past an opening paragraph. It wasn’t pretty in the early days. One day, while volunteering to bartend a convention luncheon, a gentleman with a camera hanging from his neck approached me for a beverage. I asked him about his duties that day, and learned that he was taking photos for a trade magazine involving the conventioneers. You guessed it: I handed him my business card and asked if he needed a writer. Two weeks later, that same gentleman – an editor with a large publishing firm – handed me my first cover story. Today, I still work with that publisher as a writer and editor, contributing to scores of magazines, newspapers and corporate newsletters. This was a classic think-outsidethe-box initiative come to fruition. I didn’t wait for a job to come to me. Simply mailing my query, CV and writing examples wasn’t an option. I chose to bartend; I chose to work during a noon-hour business meeting; I took the step to create a business card; and I offered my skills to the photographer – who turned out to be a senior editor with that publisher. Despite my gaudy cummerbund and bowtie, and liquor-stained shoes, I must have made a strong first impression. As a student, there are numerous ways for you to think outside the box in terms of jump starting your chosen career. Fanshawe College and the community at large have a myriad of groups and associations which involve people from all walks of life. You’ll find that successful professionals will often make the time to speak with you about your chosen career, and may be open to mentoring you during your time at Fanshawe. Learn from lectures, and soak in all that a PowerPoint offers, but remember to think outside the classroom: there’s a whole world of knowledge waiting for you. Award-winning journalist Jeffrey Reed is a Fanshawe College professor with the Corporate Communication and Public Relations post-graduate program and an instructor with Fanshawe’s Continuing Education department. E-mail him at jreed@fanshawec.ca.

Alright, mature students, two weeks in and you’ve no doubt noticed school is wa-a-ay different from when you were last in class. No doubt you’re amazed, dumbfounded and, quite frankly, shocked at the proliferation of devices your classmates are wielding, texting, keyboarding and Facebooking. During lectures. Right in the professor’s face, as he or she is talking. I’ve been sitting near the front of the class since I began my program last September. It’s because I’m here to learn. It’s because I’m mindful of paying over $2,000 for tuition and books, and forgoing a year’s salary to begin a second career. It’s also because I don’t want to look at people’s open laptops turned to their Facebook pages, reality TV shows and shopping channels. Thank god most of these students sit at the back. However, they’re not doing their friends and classmates any favours by their boorish behaviour. Let me be as plain as my kids’ Grade 8 teacher, who announces every first day of school: “You’re big kids now. Your hormones are going crazy. When you’re all together in my class, you stink. If your parents haven’t talked to you about this, listen up. I want you to get antiperspirant and use it every morning before class.” Hey, you guys don’t stink. You’re pretty and well-groomed, and you probably take more time putting on your makeup in the morning than I do getting dressed and out the door. But as meticulous and fastidious as you are about your appearance, I wish you’d take two minutes to absorb this: your open laptops and open cellphones during class are rude. There’s no reason for your screens to be on except if you’re actively taking notes. There’s no reason at all for your cellphones to be on


If you’re paying attention to your cellphone, instant messages and email while in class, you’re not multi-tasking. You’re being rude. during a class. Even if you have kids, rest assured they will survive at daycare and elementary school for an hour or two without you. In my three terms at Fanshawe, I’ve seen (and heard) laptops turned on to everything except FanshaweOnline during classes. I’ve heard all manners of ringtones go off during lectures, tests and even exams. What the hell! Go to the back and flunk out there! Not even your parents find you cute when you tune out like this, and your professors and classmates find it even less cute. I’m saying please respect your education and mine by providing a good atmosphere for what we’re here for: to learn. You’ve got plenty of time to check your messages at break or between classes. Another thing. The avalanche of noise with slamming binders and scraping chairs just before the end of class is truly embarrassing. Trust me, your profs have a good eye on the clock and can bring their lectures to a close without you cutting them off. You know who really wants to hear you talk? Your teachers! They would love it if you answered their questions and participated in class discussions, so save some socializing for them.


Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 @ 4:00 p.m. Please bring a class schedule to the FSU Office in room SC2001, by September 18th at 3:00 p.m.


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Solo tells it how it is

Campus employment: Work $tudy
Susan Coyne Career Services Consultant Fanshawe Career Services

“I don’t like anyone telling me how I’m supposed to feel, or how I am supposed to think.” That’s Hope Solo in her own words. Solo is the goalkeeper for the United States Women’s National Team. She debuted for the full USWNT in 2000, but has been in the team’s junior leagues since she was 16. She shares her journey to soccer stardom in her memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope. The book chronicles the beginning of her soccer career to her most recent appearance on the reality TV show Dancing With The Stars. Solo has made a name for herself in professional women’s soccer. She received the Golden Glove Award for being the best goalkeeper in the 2011 FIFA World Cup. Also in 2011, Solo received the Bronze Ball Award for her overall performance, and was in the AllStar team of the tournament. The memoir shows Solo’s perspective on her personal life, as well as how she became the number-one goaltender in the world. Solo has an interesting relationship with her family, specifically her father; she goes in-depth about her family life and lets readers know that she did not have it easy. On the soccer side of things, Solo goes into detail about how she did not always want to be a goaltender; she actually started as a standout forward. The memoir also gives Solo’s personal viewpoint on the 2007 World Cup catastrophe. Solo made a lot of waves in the media with her comment to ESPN about sitting for the Brazil game in the 2007 World Cup. Greg Ryan, the coach, decided to bench Solo in


Hope Solo in action at the 2012 Olympics against France. favour of playing Briana Scurry, who had played outstandingly in the previous World Cup goldmedal game, despite Solo having shutouts in the three previous games. The memoir shows the hard journey she went through to get back on top and to patch up relationships between veteran players such as Christie Rampone and Abby Wambach. Although Wambach is only a year older than Solo, she was close with the veterans on the team. Solo discusses how she overcame those 2007 hardships, along with her devastating shoulder injury, and how she eventually became number one. Lastly, she talked about her not so pleasant time with reality TV series, Dancing With The Stars. The book is very well written and shows a lot of insight into what professional women’s soccer is about and how cutthroat the league can really be. Readers will also enjoy how much of her personal life she put in the book, and may have newfound respect for Solo because she shows that her way to the top was not an easy one. Reading the memoir, I admired her hard work and dedication; however, I was appalled at how she was treated at Dancing With The Stars, it really made me lose faith in reality TV. Solo’s viewpoint really showed how fabricated the show really was. All in all, I think that Solo: A Memoir was a really great book. It showed how gritty and upfront Hope is, and I think she has that to thank for her career’s progression. If it wasn’t for her 2007 outburst, I don’t think the team would be doing as well today. The USWNT just came back from winning gold at the London 2012 Olympics and is currently doing a victory tour.

I was friends with Justin Bieber’s mom

FREDERICTON (CUP) — There are many who believe Justin Bieber changed their life, but few are like me. No, I’m not a 12-year-old girl and yes, I really can’t stand his music. My story is a bit different. It’s one I haven’t really told anyone before. I’m an Internet kid — I always have been. At 13 years old I was running my own video game forum website and at 14, the site grew to have over 14,000 members. I wasn’t the most social kid, so this took up a lot of my free time. When I got bored of my site, I shifted my attention to the emerging YouTube. I can’t quite remember how I stumbled across “kidrauhl,” Justin Bieber’s account, but it must have been around February 2007. He had about 10 videos up on his account. They were all shot with lowquality cameras and ranged anywhere from a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” to break-dancing to Michael Jackson. Regardless, I was impressed with the kid’s talent and shot him a quick message: “Keep it up.” It was his mother, Pattie Mallette, who responded. That was the beginning of our Internet friendship. Think that’s weird? Trust me, I know. I was dealing with some of the hardest moments in my life as a teen. I’ve always kept to myself, which often led me to bottle everything up. I was depressed, my self-esteem was at an all-time low and nobody knew

it but me. That is, until I told Pattie. After several weeks of exchanging emails back and forth, I somehow ended up spilling my private life. I never told her specifically what I was going through, but she figured it out. She had gone through the same things. And so there I was: not willing to trust anyone near me, but the anonymity of the Internet allowed me to open up to someone halfway across the country. I began to look forward to Pattie’s responses. My YouTube messages were often the first things I checked when I got home from school. It felt nice to have someone to talk to. Eventually we ended up speaking to each other mostly through Skype. And yes, of course, this was all at the same time Bieber’s fame was on the rise. In the early stages, I got involved in a promotion group on YouTube. Pattie was one of the founders. I later left the group after it fell under heavy scrutiny from the YouTube community — rumours circulated that the group’s main owner was a pedophile. So four other members and I started our own collaboration. We made videos together, and Bieber also went his own way. When my group, dubbed “TeenTubers,” met its inevitable failure, I quit the YouTube community and went back to my old website. I remained in contact with Pattie for a while after. She told me several record labels were looking at Justin and big things were going to come.

But she was still very worried for her son — he was in his rebel years. She was a single mother trying to cope. It’s odd now, looking back and realizing a 30-year-old was getting support from a 16-year-old. She told me about Justin getting in fights in school and how they were drifting apart. She worried for him. She worried a lot. She was especially concerned that he was growing up to be like his then-troubled father. I never really talked to Justin himself — besides the few odd times he would jump on his mom’s Skype. His life kept getting crazier. Soon, he and Pattie were flying out to places to meet with high-profile celebrities like Scooter Braun, Usher and Justin Timberlake. I still remember Pattie sending me the original version of “One Time” long before its official release. I was disappointed in it, but congratulated them all the same. I had no idea it would go on to get almost 400 million hits on YouTube alone. As Bieber got bigger — and as I started to grow up — contact between Pattie and I gradually waned. I remember once receiving the message, “Can’t talk, on the way to the Junos — watch it!” I had Pattie on Facebook and I got to talk to her the odd time, but it was difficult. They were now famous and very, very busy. After several failed attempts to communicate, I knew it was time to delete them from my life. So I did. Now, it’s all just a really odd story. Who would have thought?

Need a few extra dollars this semester? Got a few extra hours during the week? Check out the part-time work study program – if you qualify, you might just find yourself working on campus in a college department or with the Fanshawe Student Union. The purpose of the on-campus part-time work study program is to assist students who are in financial need, who may be receiving financial aid through OSAP or who have obtained another educational loan but still require additional assistance. Part-time work study jobs have been created on campus so students will have the resources to meet expenses associated with their education. The added bonus is that these positions also give you valuable experience to add to your resume. Here’s how you get started. As soon as possible before September 28, you must complete the work study application (available online at yourmoneydance.com) and complete the following steps: Select “Click here to apply”; under Bursary Name, enter “Part time Work Study” and hit Search. Review the criteria for the parttime work study program and select Apply. From there, log on using your FanshaweOnline username and password. Provide the information as requested and submit your application. Staff in the Financial Aid office will review your application to determine your eligibility and provide a written response. To qualify, students must meet the Canadian Citizenship criteria, be taking at least a 60 per cent course load during the September to April period, they must have a demonstrated financial need and

must be making satisfactory academic progress. While candidates should have been assessed for OSAP and been eligible for assistance, some exceptions to students not being eligible for OSAP will be considered. Available part-time work study jobs are posted on the Career Services job posting site, accessible through FanshaweOnline (from the right-hand toolbar, select the link to Career Services and Coop Job Site). Once logged in, select the link to Job Postings and further select On-campus Jobs. Only those approved for the program can apply to these positions. If you are approved, bring your approval letter to D1063, Career Services and ask for the contact information for the positions you viewed on the website which you wish to apply to. Complete the part-time work study application as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed. Current available positions include a variety of jobs in the Athletics department, office assistants, Interrobang reporters, jobs in the restaurants on campus, promotions and advertising, assistants for a number of programs and services on campus and much more. Need assistance? Drop by the Career Services office in Room D1063. The Career Services staff is available to assist you on an individual basis. Visit the office to arrange an appointment with the consultant responsible for your program or call 519-452-4294. For job listings, visit www.fanshawec.ca/careerservices.

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Beware using the internet to find roomates

Whoopie! Time for classes again. Oh, the learning, the reading, the classes . . .

THE LATE SHOW with David Letterman CONAN with Conan O’Brien
Bruce Willis may sue Apple so he can pass down his Apple music collection to his daughter. This could be an important case because if there's one thing teenage girls love, it is their dad’s music collection. MTV has announced this will be the last season of Jersey Shore. So I guess we’ll never know if they learn to walk upright. Chuck Norris said that if President Obama is re-elected it will lead “to a thousand years of darkness.” Then he said if Mitt Romney wins, it will lead to four years of extreme whiteness. A former Navy SEAL has a book out that claims Osama bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot. The book is called Who Cares, He’s Dead. You know who is in trouble again? Lindsay Lohan. For a while Lindsay Lohan was a person of interest in a jewel heist. I'm telling you, this woman apparently learned nothing from her four hours in prison. Did you have a nice Laboor Day? It's the day we honor the American worker. When I say an American worker, I mean an 8-year-old kid in China. President Obama is spending his free time in the White House making beer, and apparently the beer is so good that the White House is now releasing the recipe. Not to be outdone, Mitt Romney will be releasing his own recipe for root beer.



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A company announced they are now selling waffle-flavoured vodka. Who is this for, the drunks that still think breakfast is the most important meal of the day? That had to be rough for Ron Paul. You run for president, you win a bunch of delegates, and not only is he not allowed to speak but he couldn’t even sit down because they gave his chair to Clint Eastwood. A man in Florida has been arrested for wearing a President Obama mask while robbing a McDonald’s. To show you how good this guy’s disguise was, instead of a holdup note he was reading from a teleprompter.

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE with Jimmy Kimmel
I no longer recognize Labour Day as a holiday now that Jerry Lewis is not hosting anymore. On Saturday the White House released President Obama's personal recipe for a home-brewed beer. That’s how bad the economy is. Not only is our president drinking, he’s drinking beer he made in his bathtub. A new study has found that men and women see colors differently. And we also see everything else differently. Women can perceive more than 50 shades of gray, whereas men see a poorly written book.

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1. Keats, for one 5. Author Janowitz 9. Up, in baseball 14. ___’acte (the interval between two acts of a play 15. “what are you some kind of ___” (2 words) 16. Gaucho’s rope 17. Blues singer James 18. Bank deposit 19. Circle 20. 12th PM of Canada 23. At no time, poetically 24. Non-profit organization providing programs, services and live entertainment to United States troops and their families 25. BC-born Baywatch babe 32. Storied royal elephant 33. King of Portugal 1838–1889 34. Certain corporate takeover (abbr.) 35. Enthusiasm 36. World-weary 38. Bank claim 39. ___ miserables (1862 French novel) 40. 1940's-50's All-Star baseball pitcher Johnny 41. Smoke from ceremonial burning 42. Deepest body of water in North America 46. Top of a clock dial 47. “Idylls of the King” character 48. Queen Victoria’s 4th daughter 55. Gave out 56. Santa ___, Calif. 57. Wing (prefix) 58. American symbol 59. Tiny fraction of a min. 60. Austin of “Knots Landing” 61. Syrian leader 62. Ad headline 63. Bone head? Down 1. Leave in a hurry, with “out” 2. “I’m ___ you!” 3. “___, Brute!”

Aries (March 21 - April 19) Your specialty is in the limelight for the rest of the week. Outsiders make a big impression within the circle. No one has ever tried this approach before, but everyone will soon be following your lead. Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Face cosmic reality -- you’re going to lose for the next few days. Attitude is everything. Instead of wasting energy in a hard-fought last stand, work with your conqueror. Cooperation will be rewarded. Gemini (May 21 - June 20) You’re most persuasive under the Moon. The thing that you love could be even more perfect than it already is. Team members pull together when driven by a common purpose. Cancer (June 21 - July 22) A little bit of greed is healthy if you put a friendly face on it. Recognize the difference between perfect and good enough. Water and fire are comfortable allies these days. Leo (July 23 - August 22) Nothing surprises Leo, no matter how amazing. The world’s attention focuses naturally on you. Further your cause or set the best example during these golden moments. Virgo (August 23 - Sept. 22) Demand to see the hard copy. Your strong preconceptions could paint new data in different colours. Virgo believes that the quality of the messenger has some effect on the message.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) You’re capable and fluid. Libra has a hand in several major events. If someone doesn’t yet know your name, you’ll change that situation. The next few good days will make up for anything bad that has happened. Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) There’s a lot going on, but Scorpio has only a little bit of control over it. Your lover is probably much more sympathetic than your boss. Theft will be punished, although escape will be tolerated. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) You arrive in the right place at the right time. The Moon supplies you with endless creativity in happy circumstances. Your energy naturally attracts a higher quality of people. Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Look your problem straight in the eye. Difficult people are going to make a difference whether you aid or oppose them. The chance that’s now available, though challenging, is exciting. Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) For Aquarius, the final days of this week are about people. Friends, loved ones and coworkers all require highly specialized attention. You may have to give a lot to keep the peace or maintain the status quo. Pisces (Feb. 18 - March 20) Suddenly you’re having less fun than before. The music has changed, and your dance is no longer appropriate. Fall into step with others until you can find a more harmonious use for your individuality. green. 4. The world’s oldest known recipe is for beer. 5. It takes food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach. 6. You would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a super sized Coke, fry and Big Mac. 7. Decaffeinated coffee is not 100 per cent caffeine free. When

4. Casey Jones, e.g. 5. Attachment to a graduation cap 6. “Peer Gynt” character 7. Think (over) 8. “___ boy!” 9. Provokes 10. Extreme fear 11. Honey 12. Has ___ ear (is tone-deaf)(2 words) 13. Sylvester, to Tweety 21. Prophet 22. ___ Murphy: most highly decorated American soldier in WWII 25. Less ruddy 26. Belittle 27. “32 Flavors” singer Davis 28. Greek letter (plural) 29. Go furtively 30. Corpulent

31. ___ of the above 32. Luxumborg. neighbour (abbr.) 36. Alkaline 37. “___ Abner” 38. Precede 40. Cut corners 41. History Muse 43. Armpit, anatomically 44. Craft 45. Bind 48. Found in a pod 49. “___ to riches” 50. Coastal raptors 51. Sammy ___: 1998 National League MVP 52. Residents (suffix) 53. Muralist José María ___ 54. Great Lake 55. Narc’s org. Solution on page 22

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coffee is being decaffeinated, two per cent of the caffeine still remains in it. 8. 50 years ago Cheerios were called Cheerioats. 9. Vanilla flavouring is sometimes made with an ingredient from beaver pee. 10. Every month, about nine out of 10 American children visit a McDonald’s restaurant. 11. An average person’s yearly fast food intake will contain 12 pubic hairs. 12. Chocolate is lower in caffeine than tea, coffee and coca cola. A one ounce bar of chocolate contains about 6mg of caffeine, whereas a five ounce cup of regular coffee contains over 40mg. 13. Research has shown that allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produced brain and heart rate activity that was simliar to and even stronger than - that produced with passionate kissing. 14. In the 1800’s, rum was considered excellent for cleaning hair and keeping it healthy. Brandy was believed to strengthen hair roots. 15. The purpose of the indentation at the bottom of a wine bottle is to strengthen the structure of the bottle. 16. White wine gets darker as it ages while red wine gets lighter. 17. Orange juice naturally contains a small amount of alcohol. 18. Japan is the largest exporter of frog’s legs. 19. All 13 minerals necessary for human life can be found in alcohol beverages. 20. You can overdose on caffeine. 21. There are about 100,000 bacteria in one litre of drinking water.





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A summer of fun ends
I’ve always grown up as a person who hated summer. But before you judge me, I should make myself clear and say that summers for me while growing up involved near 50°C temperatures on a daily basis with unpleasantly hot and sticky weather, so naturally, I hated the sight of summer. Of course, now, summer seems like a pleasant thing after all. I’ve just put my first Canadian summer behind me and while the joy of returning to school may haunt me in a few months, the summer most definitely will not. I’ve heard about the rage that barbecues create in this country and now that I am the proud owner of one myself, I’m not sure if I fall under the category of enthusiast or bandwagoner. Perhaps someone would like to clarify. Jokes aside, I really looked forward to my first taste at a ‘Canadian summer.’ I was excited, naturally, and the suspense would kill me each passing day while I was holidaying back home in India: golf, baseball, barbecues, the possibility of meeting Corey Perry – all of this was indeed in the cards back in April. And then it so happened that the London Knights won the OHL title and there I was, probably the only guy in India who was actually celebrating, which made me realize how out of place I really was. “Keep cricket to India and hockey to Canada,” is what I told myself. Fast forward a month and my dreams of becoming the next superstar on the PGA tour took a backseat. It seems like everyone in Canada, from businessmen to the biggest NHL superstars, all fancy their hand at golf, but alas, I’ve yet to discover why. Perhaps next summer, eh? London has been great to me, it really has. It’s been my home from over a year now and was also the place where I watched my first hockey, baseball and football games. But there is something that beats all of that combined: meeting


Container gardening for your dorm room


Summer 2012 bucket list: Meet Corey Perry. Complete. Corey Perry at Labatt Park during Drew Doughty’s charity softball tournament. I know some of you might despise Perry, but for a kid from well beyond the pond, I’d call that a pretty awesome and nerveracking moment – a moment that sort of makes up for the disappointment of being told that not being Canadian was the reason why I couldn’t apply for a summer work study position at Fanshawe. I can now only imagine how much different life might have been if I had I been working at 106.9 TheX or for the Interrobang, but that’s not something that really matters now that summer is gone and winter draws ever so near. Summer 2012 is almost complete, and since it was my first Canadian summer, I can safely say that it will always remain special to me. It’s interesting to see how people do things here in Canada, and yes, they are different than things we did back home. Studying abroad is a great learning experience, I’m glad I could do it. It’s great to be writing for the Interrobang again, and I can’t wait to meet new people in the halls of Fanshawe.

WINDSOR (CUP) — The student diet is famously known for the staples of Kraft Dinner, ramen noodles and bags of frozen perogies that only cost a few bucks. But imagine your mac and cheese spiced up with some fresh hot pepper or a nice kale salad to complement your ramen. Heck, how about just some nice herbs to liven up your frozen food? It’s entirely easy and possible to grow these fresh foods no matter how little space you have. Artist and gardener Samantha Lefort was living in a tiny Vancouver apartment when she decided she wanted fresh food 24/7, 365 days a year. “I didn’t have access to a balcony or a community garden … I wanted something that was fresh and as close to the soil as I could get it.” The importance of truly fresh herbs, vegetables and fruit can’t be understated. “As soon as you pick any fruit or vegetable from the stalk, it starts to lose a good portion of its nutrients.” Produce from the grocery store has to travel hundreds of miles before it can be purchased — by the time it is, a lot of nutrients are gone. “Eating food that is as close to the ground as possible as soon as it is picked is healthier for you.” When getting started, Lefort recommended only starting with the food you actually want to eat. “Use stuff that’s simple — herbs are the best thing to start with because you can use them a lot and you get used to interacting with them in your kitchen space or dorm space.” Herbs such as mint grow like weeds so they don’t need a lot of support to get going (they also allow you to make delicious and fresh mojitos). You can also purchase starter herbs that allow you to get a head start on growing

instead of growing right from the seed. The Internet is a treasure trove of gardening information — treehugger.com, letspatch.tumblr.com and victorygardensvancouver.tumblr.com all have great information on container gardening. Lefort was kind enough to give a primer on how to grow your own herbs and veggies quickly and easily in simple containers that can be made from found objects. Container gardening: A howto This guide will help you build a self-watering water bottle container to grow herbs in. You need: • a bottle with a spout • soil • some rocks • a piece of cotton or water absorbent fabric (it needs to plug the hole of the spout) • seeds, or an herb starter Step 1. Cut the water bottle about one-quarter from the bottom so that the planting area is larger than the water reservoir Step 2. Place your fabric through the spout and tie a knot in the side that will make up the planting area. This is so soil doesn’t breach through. Step 3. Put some drainage rocks in the bottle all around the fabric — this provides drainage and stops the soil from mixing with the water. Step 4. Add soil and seeds. The seeds should be planted just a fingernail length in the soil. Add some water into the reservoir area. You can also buy a plant starter — this plant is already alive and growing, you just have to keep it healthy. Step 5. Once all these steps are complete, water the plant once from the top — after that, the plant will get all the water it needs from the water reservoir.


Fanshawe Student Union VP Internal Tory Holmes helped serve up some food on September 1 during the residence barbeques benefiting the London Children’s Health Foundation. The event raised $1,500.

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Panamera 4S combines sports car with family car
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This is the Panamera, Porsche’s first-ever production car to have four doors. While Porsche had experimented with such concepts back in the ’70s and the ’90s, they never got past the prototype stage. The problem with those earlier concepts was perhaps because they were nothing more than 911s and 928s that were stretched to accommodate extra doors. The Panamera is a car that is new from the ground up. Nothing about its platform has come from anything they currently make (although some technical bits are shared). This clean sheet design allowed Porsche to mould the platform to their exact requirements – everything from the position of the engine in the chassis to the positioning of the rear seats was done specifically for this car. The end result is simply amazing, not that you can tell just by looking at it. Let’s face it; this is not a pretty car. No matter which angle you look at it from, it’s not going to win your heart. The rear end especially is quite bulbous. However, that is okay, because

its interior is easily one of the best in the business. It does seem that Porsche allotted all their top designers to the interior department. Not only is this a very spacious four-seater (yes, it has bucket seats even in the rear, hence no middle seat for a fifth passenger), the ergonomics are spot-on, too. I love the centre console, which seemed to have been inspired by the Vertu phone. All the buttons are well positioned and easy to read, and understanding which button does what is actually very simple. There is no BMW iDrive complication here, which will please many people. Customers will also be pleased by the toys it has to offer. Navigation system, touchscreen interface, a brilliant sound system and more – it’s all here. One feature I really appreciated was the heated steering wheel, which came in handy when I jumped in the car first thing in the morning. However, none of the abovementioned features even come close to this car’s very best feature: its engine. This front-engine Porsche has a brand new motor, a 4.8-litre V8, which produces 400 hp and 370 lb/ft of torque. Mated to a seven-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) twin-clutch gearbox (with steering wheel mounted shift buttons), power is


The Porsche Panamera 4S is one impressive car sent either to the rear wheels (Panamera S) or to all wheels (Panamera 4S), as in my test car. As for the typical question of speed, the Panamera 4S will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in about 4.8 seconds, and its top speed is 282 km/h. If you want to go faster still, a Turbo model is also offered, which produces 500 hp. That can accelerate past 300 km/h. Figures alone, however, are meaningless; it’s all about how a car feels that separates one car from the next, and the Panamera 4S feels spectacular. Over the years, many car companies have tried to make a four-door sports car, but they all lacked the feel of a true sports car. Drive a Panamera for five minutes and you forget that it actually has big back seats and a very commodious trunk. Many auto journalists have said it feels like a 911, but personally, I think it’s even better. Where a 911 is only great when being pushed on the track, the Panamera feels great everywhere. Whether you’re on a highway cruise or on a deserted strip of twisty tarmac, the Panamera will plant a huge smile on your face. Luxury car buyers might say it’s not as well insulated as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but personally I think the Panamera offers the right amount of insulation. It’s never harsh, nor is it a sensory deprivation tank. Throw in its excellent handling capabilities and what you end up with is probably the most complete car I have ever come across. It’s a practical family car with all-wheel drive, so it can be used every day, even in the Canadian climate. It manages 11 litres/100 km (city/highway combined), so it’s about as frugal as a mid-size sedan. But for occasions when you need a driver’s car, this family car rewards like a sports car. So this one car can do it all, which is a good thing, because with Panamera prices starting at $110,200, it’s not cheap. Personally, I’d save a bit of money and buy a BMW 550GT instead, because it does everything the Panamera manage, but it gives you more space and is cheaper to buy.

Windsor Spitfires putting Need to know: Potential NHL lockout last year behind them
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The Windsor Spitfires are racing to the start of the season, due to the fact that they had the worst postseason in the Ontario Hockey League. After an early exit for the 2012 Playoffs, a series sweep at the hands of the London Knights, the Spitfires had a relatively quiet summer. Heading towards training camp, the biggest story of the offseason in the OHL broke out: the Ontario Hockey League levied fines totaling $400,000 against the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club, in addition to taking away three firstround draft selections and two second-round draft selections from them. OHL commissioner David Branch was quoted on the OHL website as saying, “The League conducted two separate investigations led by our director of security and enforcement, and in considering all the facts, I was persuaded that the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club violated the League’s Player Benefit and Recruitment Rules and Policies. While the penalties may appear to be severe, the League and its Member Teams recognize for any such violations of our Recruitment/Benefit Rules and Policies, we must send a strong message to preserve the integrity of our League.” Details of the Spitfires’ violation are still unavailable. Strong Message? Say what you want about the integrity of the League, what I see from this statement by David

Branch is: if we think you are doing something wrong based on unreleased facts, you’re going to regret doing whatever those things may be, in this case Recruitment/Benefit Rules and Policy violations. The league wouldn’t fine the team $400,000 as a slap on the wrist, and I’m sure the Windsor Spitfires will do their best to avoid the situation in the future. Do you ever not regret doing something, but just regret getting caught? The Spitfires lose their next three first-round selections, along with their next two-second round picks in the OHL priority selection (draft). We might see the next Taylor Hall or Ryan Ellis in the next few years, but we will never know until the time comes. What we will know is that the Windsor Spitfires will be watching from the sidelines (or bench). It’s a black eye for the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club, and we will see how they respond. Initially, the team is looking for an appeal process, but lately, they’ve focused on training camp. In late August, they donated $9,000 to a minor hockey club in the Windsor area, interacting with the community; unfortunately we don’t pick up on the positive stories around the OHL too often. I don’t have any sympathy for the Windsor Spitfires. There are rules in the OHL, and the Spitfires broke those rules, according to league officials. I’m glad that Windsor was made an example of, because I have a tough time believing that the Windsor Spitfires are the only team to be violating the Recruitment/Benefit Rules and Policies.


This time of year, NHL fans are usually gearing up for the upcoming season, buying tickets for their favourite teams and completing fantasy drafts with their friends. But with the NHL lockout deadline coming up on September 15 and no deal in place, it could be a while before fans see that first puck drop. Let’s get down to the facts. Who’s involved? - The National Hockey Leagues Players’ Association (NHLPA), led by executive director Donald Fehr - The NHL owners, represented by League Commissioner Gary Bettman What are they debating about? - Money! What else is new? Bettman said he believes the owners are paying the players too much, and the players disagree. There was a salary cap created in 2004, and NHL revenues have grown to about $3.3 billion annually - As of September 6, the NHL proposed a deal that would see players receive 46 per cent of revenues, but the union argued that the negotiations should be measured closer to the current position of 57 per cent - Although both sides seem ready and willing to discuss the issues, not much progress has been made How much do NHL players typically make? - The average player makes $2.4 million per year and $13 to $14 million in his career Has there ever been a lockout? - Yes, in 2004 the entire season was cancelled - The issues were similar, focusing on revenue and salaries - Other issues: higher player fines, playoff bonuses, scheduling What’s social media’s role in

all of this? - Many hockey experts are noting that social media wasn’t as popular in 2004 as it is now. Many NHL players and fans are using Twitter and Facebook to voice their opinions about the potential lockout - One 21-year-old fan from Finland created a video to try to unite hockey fans and discourage the lockout from happening. It’s gained international attention and nearly 300,000 views on YouTube: tinyurl.com/youtube-nhlfan-

vid2012 Important dates: - September 15: Expiration date for the Collective Bargaining Agreement between NHL and NHL Players’ Association - September 19: NHL preseason schedule begins - September 26: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs NHL preseason game at the John Labatt Centre - October 11: 2012/13 NHL regular season begins



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‘O’, can you take them seriously?
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Diana Matheson came through late for Canada this summer for the bronze, just a bit too late.

Summer of sadness for Canadian soccer
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This year will go down as an important year in the history of soccer in this country. Not only was it the Canadian Soccer Association’s 100th anniversary, it also held one of the biggest accomplishments by a national team ever, while domestically, there were now three top-flight clubs in the country playing some of the best soccer seen here since the days of the North American Soccer League in the ’70s and ’80s. However, the women’s national team felt they could have achieved more at the London Olympic games, and the oldest MLS team in Canada, with arguably the biggest fan base, started to look like the worst team in the world. The Canadian Women’s National Team held Canada’s

attention at a time when there were so many athletes vying for it. The semi-final versus the United States drew some of the biggest TV audiences and Twitter activity of the entire Olympic Games – a powerful statement that only cements what soccer now means here. Canada could have been robbed of that win, they could have beat the U.S. for only the fourth time in 52 chances, the goals stand and will for the rest of time. Canada was full of ‘could have,’ while they couldn’t see what was already done. A whole other Christine Sinclair could have been turned on to soccer that day, and who might help the program in the future. The attention they received only showed what we can expect when the Women’s World Cup is played here in 2015. A silver lining may be hard for some Toronto FC fans to find this season. In fact, the clouds are as dark as they were at their home opener in March. They lost 3-0 that game against the San Jose

Earthquakes, and they have had one of the worst seasons in Major League Soccer history. Danny Koevermans’ infamous claim that the team was the worst in the world soon turned to be incredibly close to fact, as fewer and fewer are returning to BMO Field for each home game. TFC has shown mismanagement to such an extent that this writer simply doesn’t feel the need to write about it. The lack of consistency in what should be Canada’s team (Canadian champions four years running) has led to a decline in the stature of the club to the point few players want to play for the side. The interest has not waned in both Vancouver and Montreal, though, as both teams are in the hunt for playoff spots and very reputable seasons. The attendance has grown and so have fan bases in both sides of the country. This summer may have been one of heartbreak for Canada, but just like any breakup, you tell yourself you’ll find someone better later.

With the Major League Baseball season coming to a close, fans are looking ahead to the playoffs and the World Series. The New York Yankees are on top of the American League East Division – not a big surprise. That being said, what’s the deal with the Baltimore Orioles? In recent seasons, Baltimore has been mathematically eliminated from the race at the All-Star break. The point is, the Orioles haven’t been to the playoffs since 1997; this year could be the year to start a new tradition: being competitive. Speaking of big comebacks, do you remember the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? They used to be the laughingstock of the A.L. East, with their ugly uniforms and the same attendance as the London Rippers. In 2007, they finished dead last in the American League with the worst record in baseball history: 66 – 96. They cleaned up their act the very next year with a name change, new uniforms and a few new prospects; they finished the 2008 season 97 – 65, winning the division along with the A.L. Championship, making it to the

World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Thinking back to Tampa Bay’s coming-out party, is it that jawdropping to see the Baltimore Orioles challenging for a playoff spot? A lot of critics and sports writers were expecting Baltimore’s weak defence to ruin their year, but once the team passed the season’s halfway point, they cut their rate of fielding errors in half. Sure, their fielding is the third worst in the MLB, but it isn’t hurting them in the win-loss column. Offensively, they aren’t going to post powerhouse numbers, but what makes them so different from other teams is their clutch hitting – getting a hit when you need it is something that can’t be taught. Am I picking the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series? No, I have a tough time believing that the Orioles can get past the Texas Rangers. The last two years the Rangers finished as finalists, and last year they were one strike away from winning their first World Series Championship. In other words, don’t mess with Texas. The Orioles are a few years away; once catcher Matt Wieters finally has that breakout season we’ve all been waiting for, we are going to see some fireworks in Baltimore.

Stop procrastinating and just do it!

Let’s face it, we all make excuses from time to time. Some of us live our lives full of excuses, while others use them on the odd occasion to rid themselves of guilt. Our excuses typically revolve around work, progressing and the will to simply try our hardest. But more often than not, we make excuses for the simple, everyday tasks that we know we should be doing! A few years ago, I decided to try to learn the guitar. It started off okay, with steady improvements, but I eventually let the practice diminish. I’ve heard many times that one of the golden rules of the guitar is that even when you have become quite savvy, you should practice for 15 minutes every day.

Who knows – maybe if I never stopped, I could possibly be at that “15 minutes a day” stage. This brings up a couple of important points that can be applied to pretty much anything. Firstly, you never know until you try and actually give it an honest, full-out effort. Secondly, although you may start off strong and succeed at something, if you don’t maintain it, you may completely lose it. Throughout the day, regardless of how busy we are, we typically have moments of downtime. For example, if you work in an office, you will have opportunities where you can get up and accomplish something for yourself that is not time-consuming. Remember that nagging shoulder injury that your physiotherapist had you vigorously rehabilitate and sent you off prescribing that you should maintain certain exercises for 15 minutes? Do that during your office down-

time! Sure, you might not be able to do 15 minutes straight, but you can probably split it up in three separate five-minute sessions instead of checking your Facebook account! Okay, so it might be a little awkward if you try to do your 15minute routine in the waiting room of your dental clinic. You should always have time set aside at a certain point in the day for such important health necessities, especially when they aren’t time-consuming! I might not have been able to bring my guitar to work to practice my 15-minute jam sessions, but I could have easily fit it in another specific time of the day if I’d stopped making excuses. It’s one thing if you’d LIKE to do something but don’t follow through on it. It’s another thing if you NEED to do something but keep making up reasons to postpone it. DO it and prosper!

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NHL hockey, golf and the Jersey shores… What could be better?

The 2012 NHL playoffs had no shortage of entertainment. One great story was the emergence of the New Jersey Devils from their near defeat at the hands of the Florida Panthers to the unlikely win over the New York Rangers. Rookie sensation Adam Henrique was to thank for helping the team get to the Stanley Cup Finals. Henrique talks about a year he will never forget… How would you sum up your first year in the NHL? “It was exciting. For me, it was above and beyond my expectations and for the most part above the expectation of others. I was flying under the radar for the first part of the season. Once I made camp, I was sent down to Albany for a week, due to a couple roster injuries on the Devils, I went right back into the lineup. The year was very exciting and I learned from so many guys on the team. Going far into the playoffs also helped.” Was your game-winning goal against New York your biggest goal of your career? “It’s a toss-up between that goal and the goal I scored in Florida in double OT to keep our team alive. The goal against New York was key as Jersey/Rangers is a huge rivalry and the goal put us into the Stanley Cup finals. All things considered, it would have to be the goal against New York.” What would it have meant to bring the Stanley Cup back to your home town of Burford, Ontario? “Every kid’s dream is to win the Stanley Cup and bring it home. I appreciated all the support from my fans. My friends and family would keep me posted during the Stanley Cup playoffs with what was happening at home and it makes me want to work harder to win the Cup, not just for myself, but for all the supporters at home. Watching the community rally around me and the team is a great feeling.” You were nominated for the Calder Trophy – how did it feel to be recognized amongst players like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog? “It was very special, for me coming out of junior and the team we had, people always said I was the one under the radar, but I never looked at it that way, we just had a very good team and to be nominated and recognized for such a prestigious award was special … It really capped off the year for me.” Too bad they did not factor in the playoffs – you would have won, hands down. What was the NHL Awards experience like? Who were some of the celebrities you met? Did you have a chance to meet some of your hockey heroes? Who were they? “It was pretty crazy, I had just finished the playoffs, came home for a day then raced off to Las Vegas for the awards. I took my family with me. It was special to share that moment with them. The buzz in Vegas and being there versus watching it on TV was awesome. I saw a lot of celebrities, the only one I met was the Old Spice Guy. I was able to speak with Brendan Shanahan, (Henrique) Lundqvist … I met quite a few players. It’s cool that I was part of it. Seeing all the big stars of the

game and to be part of this group is cool. It hasn’t really set in yet! It’s an honor to be recognized amongst these elite group of players.” Tell us a bit about your Merit of Achievement awarded to you by Walter Gretzky. “That was very special. During the New York series, my mom called to let me know that I was nominated. I had been in the CNIB golf tournament at Brantford Golf and Country Club for a few years and it was a thrill to be presented the award. It means a lot to me and my family, especially coming from the Gretzkys. They do so much for the community, and have done so much for me and my family growing up. Glen Gretzky is a big part of my hockey career – he coached me when I was younger. We’ve always stayed in contact. To be presented the award by Walter was very special. He is a hero around the world and to know him and to live so close is great. He is a great mentor to me.” You had an amazing breakout season. …. How do you prepare for the big games and do you have any pre-game rituals? “I do, it’s the same with a lot of athletes … It’s based on routine. Breakfast (same time every day), go to the rink for morning skate. I go home and cook lunch, pasta chicken with vegetables. It’s always the same meal, whether I’m at home or on the road. I try to have a pre-game nap the same time before every game. I might sleep for two to three hours. Wake up have water and a peanut butter sandwich and I try to be to the rink two and a half hours before gametime. I always grab a coffee on the way. I typically change into some comfortable clothes and watch some TV … I always get dressed the same way …. Always left side before right side … Left shin pad then left sock, left elbow pad, etc.” Can you comment on similarities to the game of hockey and the game of golf? “Almost all the hockey players I know are golfers … I find the golf swing and hockey shot similar. I find most hockey players are good golfers … It seems to come naturally.” What courses did you enjoy playing growing up? “When I was young, my friends and I would always golf at Burford Golf Links. It was the only place I would play … Living in Windsor, I played a few clubs but mostly for charity golf events. I like playing Brantford Golf and Country Club as I have played in the Walter Gretzky CNIB event a few times.” What is it about the game you enjoy? Do you find it frustrating? “I like getting out to the clubs and getting away. It’s an escape from hockey. I can’t focus on hockey all year … It’s good to get away and have fun with your buddies and relax. I don’t get out as much as I would like, but I was out with some friends the other day and played fairly well. I actually drove the green on a par four. I surprised myself! I find it frustrating to hit a series of bad shots, it’s tough to recover sometimes.” What is your most dreaded shot? For me, it is 50 yards from the green. “My short game’s pretty good. My driver has a bad slice.” What is your most trusted


New Jersey Devil Adam Henrique potted the winning goal versus the New York Rangers. That goal put the Devils in the Stanley Cup finals where the eventually lost to the Los Angeles Kings. weapon in your golf bag? “I’m good around the green, so I would say my pitching wedge is the club for me.” What would be some courses you would like to play? Sky’s the limit. “I would love to play Augusta … Or going overseas would be great – Scotland or Ireland. The history and the experience would be fun.” Who on your team is known to be a great golfer (e.g. low handicapper)? “Marty (Martin Brodeur), for sure! He golfs almost every day in the summer and a bit into the season … He is the most avid golfer, hands down!” Who is your favourite tour player? “I would have to say Rory McIlroy. He’s a young guy. It’s cool to see the younger golfers coming up. It’s similar to hockey … Guys are getting younger and better and having success at a young age. I also like Phil Mickelson, he’s always consistent. It’s interesting the similarities that younger and older players can have success in golf or hockey.” If you could have your dream foursome to play 18 holes of golf with, who would it be? “My brother, Mike, Steve Yzerman and Walter Gretzky. Walter plays at a lot of area courses and he’s known to spend more time fishing for golf balls than actually golfing – I know, I have seen him coming out of the bushes with several golf balls. He’s fun!” There was a reporter in London who dubbed Gretzky with the name the “Great One” – would you have an issue if I take a stab at Adam “Overtime” Henrique? Or Adam “Game Winner” Henrique? “Haha, they’re both pretty good – go for it!” Since you are a winter resident of New Jersey, people would like to know who your favourite cast member of Jersey Shore is. “Oh my god! That show is something else… No comment!” Judging by the amount of web traffic attached to your name, it is evident that you have fans not only in Burford, Brantford, Windsor and Jersey, but all over North America. Do you have anything you would like to say to your fans? “I would say thank you, honestly there are people that have been cheering for me since I was 10 years old. People send me messages… ‘I cheered for you in Windsor and congratulations on your NHL success.’ The fans are so loyal. The fans give so much to me; I try to give back to the fans as much as I can.” Rob Foster is the coordinator of Fanshawe’s Golf & Club Management program (www.fanshawec.ca/golf) . This article will be appearing in the next issue of Golf Scene Magazine (golfscene.ca).

Won Gold Medal at the 2007 Canada Games (with Team Ontario) Won 2009 Memorial Cup (with Windsor Spitfires) Wayne Gretzky 99 Award (2009/10 OHL Playoff MVP) Won Silver Medal at 2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (with Team Canada) Won 2010 Memorial Cup (with Windsor Spitfires) Named NHL Rookie of the Month in December 2011 Selected to the 2012 NHL Rookie All-Star Super Skills Competition Nominated for the Calder Trophy 2011/12 season Recipient of the Walter Gretzky Merit of Achievement

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